Paul Farrell: "Fed Dictator Bernanke Needs To Be Toppled"

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This must read Paul Farrell piece has to be recreated in its entirety.

Via MarketWatch

Fed Dictator Bernanke Needs To Be Toppled

Fed boss Ben Bernanke is the most dangerous human on
earth, far more dangerous than Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s 30-year dictator,
ever was. Bernanke rules a monetary dictatorship that will trigger the
coming third meltdown of the 21st century.

But this reign of economic terror will end.

Just as Mubarak was blind to the economic needs of the masses and
democratic reforms, Bernanke is blind to the easy-money legacy that’s
set the stage for revolution, turning the rich into super rich while the
middle class stagnates and peanuts trickle down to the poor.

Warning, Egypt also had a huge wealth gap before its revolution.
Bernanke is the final egomaniac in America’s bubbling 30-year wealth
gap, where the top 1% went from owning 9% of America’s wealth to owning
23% during this dictatorship.

Bernanke’s ruling ideology is the culmination of a 30-year economic war
that has forged together Reaganomics for the super rich, former Fed
chairman Alan Greenspan’s toxic allegiance to Wall Street, the extreme
Ayn Rand’s capitalist dogma, culminating in the toxic bailouts of
Treasury Secretaries Hank Paulson and Tim Geithner, two Wall Street
Trojan Horses corrupting government from within.

Since 1981 this monetary dictatorship has caused enormous collateral
damage, systematically sabotaging democracy, capitalism and the American
dream while fueling the rise of our most dangerous new enemy, China.
See “Secret China war plan: trillions in U.S. debt.”

When Obama reappointed Bernanke a couple years ago, “Black Swan’s”
Nicholas Taleb was “stunned.” Bernanke “doesn’t even know that he
doesn’t understand how things work,” that Bernanke’s economic methods
are so inadequate they make “homeopath and alternative healers look
empirical and scientific.”

We called Bernanke, the “Captain of the Titanic,” warning that he was
setting up the third meltdown of the 21st century, predicted by
“Irrational Exuberance’s” Robert Shiller, a coming crash worse than the
2000 dot-com crash and the subprime credit meltdown of 2008 combined.
See “Capt. Bernanke sinks the U.S.S. Titanic.”

Inside the Fed: Cassandras, Chicken Littles, governors crying wolf

Unfortunately, as with Egypt’s dictator, the 30-year dictatorship now
headed by Bernanke must end soon: And this class war will not be pretty.
But it is no black swan; no one can claim they didn’t see a new crash
coming.

For several years before the 2008 meltdown we reported on money
managers, economists and financial gurus warning of a coming meltdown.
They included two Fed governors who warned Greenspan in the early Bush
years. And yet, as late as summer 2008 Bernanke, Paulson and Greenspan
were systematically dismissing mounting evidence of a mega crash dead
ahead.

That’s why Time magazine’s cover story about Thomas Hoenig, president of
the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, grabbed me. David Von Drehle’s
“The Man Who Said No to Easy Money” is a warning to all America.

Like Ed Gramlich and William Poole, the two Fed Governors who warned
Greenspan during the Bush years, Hoenig regularly dissented from
Bernanke’s easy-money policies that have been favored by Wall Street
throughout this 30-year dictatorship.

We’re paraphrasing Drehle’s interview with Hoenig as 10 warnings because
it brilliantly reveals the broader historical tragedy of the Fed’s
30-year monetary dictatorship driving America to the edge of another
1930s economic revolution, one that will be triggered by a repeat of the
1929 wake-up call.

1. Commodity price inflation will soon end the Fed dictatorship

Hoenig consistently “cast his lonely ballot against the indefinite reign
of easy money. Eight meetings, eight no votes … an unyielding point of
view, one that has become ever more relevant now that rising commodity
prices have put inflation worries back on the economic radar screen.”

In short, global commodity inflation may soon do what Hoenig could not,
put an end to America’s self-destructive easy money reign of economic
terror, and more importantly finally end the Fed’s 30-year “monetary
dictatorship.”

2. Central bank dictatorship destroying America’s democracy

Hoenig was America’s lone voice against the Bernanke monetary
dictatorship, says Drehle: “For all the headlines over the past
quarter-century about the death of American manufacturing and the
twilight of community banks and the vanishing farmer, those humble
building blocks of a sound economy still figure significantly in
Hoenig’s perspective. The way to strengthen them … is not by pumping
money into a financial system that encourages megabanks to engage in
high-risk speculation. You build them up by encouraging savings, which
form capital for investment, which builds stronger businesses, which
hire workers and pay dividends, which leads to more savings and more
investment.”

3. Near-zero rates, banks richer, masses poorer, meltdown

Honenig’s opposition to Bernanke dictatorship is also clear, says
Drehle: “By keeping interest rates near zero indefinitely, the Fed is
asking savers to continue to subsidize borrowers. What incentive is
there to save and invest?”

Earlier in his long career, Hoenig was heartsick as an “irrationally
exuberant Alan Greenspan kept piling so much money onto the economic
bonfire that led to the Great Recession” in 2008. Now the “time’s come
to start sobering up.” Except Wall Street’s addicted to easy money,
won’t sober up.

4. Easy money blowing new speculation bubble … pops soon

“This is how bubbles are formed,” warns Hoenig, whose long career as
president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank made him leery of the
power buildup by the central banks monetary dictatorship. So again,
“rocketing land and energy prices are telltale signs … too much money
sloshing around. When you put this much liquidity into the system, it
has to go somewhere.”

But with the Fed keeping interest rates near zero, easy money won’t go
into savings. Instead, “money starts chasing assets with higher yields —
like land, the once again booming stock market and energy” and “as more
money joins the chase, asset prices rise and keep rising until … pop,” a
new meltdown.

5. Bernanke’s narcissistic illusion of monetary power

The Fed has too much power: Hoenig “watched uncomfortably as the central
bank began playing a larger and larger role in the public’s perception
of the economy. Monetary policy came to be seen as the solution to more
and more economic issues. It has been used to deal with one crisis after
another,” stock .market crashes, recessions, the tech bubble, after the
9/11 attacks, during the Iraq war, then the 2008 meltdown.

Hoenig warns against the Fed’s power: “People came to feel that all you
had to do was ease interest rates and everything would be fine. But
that’s what gives us these bubbles.”

6. Easy money fueling worldwide inflation, and a new meltdown

Yes, Hoenig’s an inflation hawk: “The sequence of events that led to
runaway inflation in 1979 got started back in the mid-1960s. That’s …
long term.” Drehle captures the shift in Hoenig’s position: At first
backing “the Fed’s dramatic actions in 2008 and 2009 to pour trillions
into the staggering financial system.”

But now it is time to stop. As easy money chases higher returns across
the world, in places like Brazil and China, Hoenig warns that “inflation
is rising sharply. Global food prices have risen 25% in the past year,
according to the U.N., and many nations are starting to hoard
commodities.”

7. Fed policies favor the rich, sabotaging American Dream

In favoring Wall Street bankers, Bernanke’s monetary dictatorship is
clearly feeding the conditions that, as happened in Egypt, will ignite a
class war in America: “The poorest 60% of American households spend 12%
of their income on energy alone, compared with the 3% spent by the
richest 10% … Inflation is so unfair … it is the most regressive tax you
can impose on the public … eroding the buying power of the poor and
people on fixed incomes. The people who have money and are savvy come
out ahead. In fact, they end up stronger than before.”

8. Unfortunately, the Fed learned nothing from the 2008 crisis

A lot more than the Fed’s toxic alliance with Wall Street bothers
Hoenig: America “learned little from the crisis … government policy
continues to smile on Wall Street but not on Main Street. Instead of
breaking up the financial giants whose gambles crashed the economy, the
government has let the biggest banks grow even bigger. Now they’re
gorging on free money.”

9. Market economy? A joke, big-money lobbyists run America

Remember folks, 20 years ago in the S&L bank crisis 3,800 bankers
were jailed. This time? Wall Street robbed us, got away with it, are
still robbing us. Hoenig asks: “Where’s the penalty for failure? … We
don’t have a market economy.” American capitalism is now “crony
capitalism … who you know, how big your political donation is.”

10. America must end easy money, add new Glass-Steagall

What would Hoenig do as Fed chairman? “High savings rates, low leverage
and a strong currency.” Finally, Drehle says Hoenig would bring back the
Depression-era Glass-Steagall rule that barred commercial banks from
taking excessive risks. He would reduce government debt and promote a
manufacturing revival, but it won’t be easy, there is no painless
approach.”

Unfortunately, none of this will happen until America gets hit over the
head by brutal wake-up call, like 1929 and the Great Depression 2. Until
then, the 30-year monetary dictatorship now headed by Bernanke will
keep pushing its self-destructive easy-money policies, ignoring the
warnings of Thomas Hoenig and all of the other Cassandras, Chicken
Littles and Americans Crying Wolf, over and over again.