The secretive central bank of the United States – the Federal Reserve – will ever-so-slightly scale back its money-printing in response to recent positive economic news.
This so-called “tapering” will begin in January.
Ever since last September, the Fed (which was roundly rebuked in this recent column by former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul) has been creating $85 billion in “new assets,” a process known as “quantitative easing.” In January, that total will drop to $75 billion a month due to what the Fed called “cumulative progress toward maximum employment.”
Wait … what? Is the Fed even watching the economy? Are its managers – notably outgoing chairman Ben Bernanke – even remotely aware of the real employment situation in America?
The only “cumulative progress” we see is that of millions of working age Americans leaving the labor force.
For those of you keeping score at home, the first round of quantitative easing, known as “QE1,” took place from November 25, 2008 through March 31, 2010. Over that period, the Federal Reserve added $1.7 trillion to its balance sheet ($300 billion in Treasuries, $1.2 trillion in mortgage backed securities and $175 billion in agency bonds). The second round, dubbed “QE2,” took place from November 3, 2010 through July 1, 2011. Over that period, the Fed added $600 billion in Treasuries to its balance sheet.
Another so-called stimulus plan offsetting longer term securities with the sale of short-term debt (a.k.a. “Operation Twist”) began in September 2011 – and was extended in June of last year.
And of course last September, the Fed began its latest and greatest round of money printing – an open-ended commitment to create $85 billion in new assets each month.
All of this, of course, is fiat money – the monetization of government debt. In other words, it’s generational theft … to the tune of $4 trillion and counting.
Don’t take our word for it, though. Just ask one of the money printers …
“I like Santa Claus.”
…Kid in front of Ralphie at department store
Well shit. Stocks did the right thing for the right reason. Now if they’ll just stop printing all fiat money we might make some progress.
The tea party is probably masturbating over this as we speak.
They knew they had to start pulling back and the sooner the better. Even though anyone with a computer knows the true unemployment picture is a much sorrier state than the administration claims they do as the have before, lie the big lie and attack anyone that questions the lie. Dark clouds are growing and the storm will come.
Is this all the responses from the genteel merrymakers? Can we say lofo? Sheeple?
I noticed that Silver bottomed at $18.50, two weeks, ago (I don’t care about Gold – it’s like tulips). Anyone want to guess why this is pertinent?
Are you trying to make people think? Do you have an answer or are you genuinely curious?
I was hoping my friend Shifty might have a Christmas bon-mot, a kind but clever retort, a joke to make us all feel better.
The Federal Reserve Note (U.S. dollar) is amost dead.
“You are elect communist organizer from Hawai’i, er Kenya, er Indonesia, who
is complete unknown and cannot is even write own autobiographical text (Bill
Ayers is ghost author). What are you expect!? Then you are elect second time!?
Sorry, when stupid why so surprise!? Now please stop to spy on every country,
take back you pilotless avionic kill machine, and to stop flood world market
with worthless petro dollar.” — Boris Altakrap, Russia