Guest Post: If Being Totally, Disastrously Wrong Were a Virtue, Bernanke and His Fed Mates Should Be Sainted

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greased up deaf guy's picture

ahhh, if only his poor decisions and actions weren't being implemented on purpose...

macholatte's picture

Mr. Smith, allow me to adjust your rant just a tad....


Bernanke and His Fed Mates Should Be Sainted For Being Totally, Wonderfully In Control

Ben Bernanke and his Fed mates' secret letterhead: "destroying capitalism from within."

After four years of perfect policies, let's declare stubborn, hubris-soaked singlemindedness a virtue and saint Ben Bernanke and his Federal Reserve mates. If we had to distill down the Fed Chairman and the Federal Reserve's policies since the wheels came off the Fed's "shadow banking" system of fraud, collusion, embezzlement and free-floating leverage, we'd have to start with a systems-analysis perspective.

Any system which separates risk from results (gain/loss) is doomed to implode, as the lack of feedback from the real world (also known as consequences) enables the self-reinforcing feedback known as "moral hazard": losses by those who took the risk to reap a gain are made good by those who did not take the risk and who do not stand to gain from the risk they are covering. Benny has done a masterful job of exploiting this factor.

In this case, the mortgage origination and packaging "industry" and the investment banks' origination and marketing of fraudulent-from-inception derivatives "industry" took the risks to reap outsized gains from the financialization of mortgages and other debt instruments via leverage, commodifying debt and arcane derivatives, all of which were sold as "low-risk."  How cool was that!! Pure genius.

Capitalism's primary characteristic is that capital is put at risk for a gain/loss. If risk is off-loaded onto the Fed's bottomless balance sheet and the taxpayer via government-funded bailouts and guarantees, then capital is not actually at risk. Thus what we have isn't capitalism, but cartel crony-capitalism, a phony version of the real thing which guarantees private banking profits and socializes banking losses.

The Fed was recently revealed as having arranged billions in private gain via secretly backstopping the banks with $7.7 trillion. This highlights Bernanke and his buds' second wonderfully on-target policy, that of systemic opacity.

The acme of open markets is transparency. Who needs that shit? Without transparency, markets are not free or open, they are manipulated-- both to hide those who are benefitting from the destruction of transparency (monopolies, cartels, fiefdoms, kleptocracies, oligarchies, etc.) and to manipulate the market as part of a permanent propaganda campaign to "manage perceptions:" the market's up, everything's dandy.

Bernanke and his faithful banking-sector lackeys have destroyed transparency at every turn, refusing an audit (an audit smacks of--sniff--democracy--how distasteful), masking the $7.7 trillion in backstopping, and hiding the toxicity of the Fed balance sheet, which is loaded with over $1 trillion in distressed mortgage securities that the Fed lovingly took off the bankrupt balance sheets of its craven masters, the banks.

In other words, the Fed has massively rewarded the reckless and rescued the incompetent from the consequences of their actions. If that isn't perfection, what is?

Then there's the beautifully destructive ZIRP--zero interest rate policy. The Fed's idea here is childishly simple, and a childishly brilliant scam:  if we lower interest rates to zero, then everyone who is over-leveraged and over-indebted will be able to borrow more, but for less interest, and that will buy the system time to magically heal itself.

The Fed cleverly avoided the concept that "healing" in capitalism means writing off uncollectable debt and sending insolvent lenders and debtors to bankruptcy court. Otherwise, capitalism would quickly dispense with their cronies in the banking sector, and so capitalism must be destroyed. That is the Fed's raison-d'etre: destroying capitalism from within. Lenin would be envious.

ZIRP has myriad pernicious consequences. Let's say you have some capital that you want to apply such that it earns a fair return. If interest rates are near-zero, then a fair return has been rendered impossible by Fed policy. Brilliant!


etc., etc., etc.,


When they finally admit they are wrong will be the first time they are actually right. 

TheMerryPrankster's picture

The Fed's fucke up policies go back much much further than 4 years. Arguably one could say the die was cast in 1913.

Bernanke, the insane bastard that he is, is still just mopping up Greenspan's mess. and doing a piss poor job if I do say so.

The IMF and the governmental polices that enabled globalization and global securitization were like acid that ate away the foundations of our economies. A fart at the wrong moment could collapse this framework of farce.

A real learning moment as the educator drones like to repeat as their mantra whenever a massive fuck up occurs.

A real learning moment, all it cost us was everything.

Silver Bug's picture

Fortunately sainted is probally the last thing they will become.

JR's picture

Professor Anthony Sanders, aka Snakeeyes, as “previous Director of asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities research at Deutsche Bank and the co-author of 'Securitization' (along with Andrew Davidson) as well as many economic and finance publications,”  thank you for taking the time to post here prior to your testimony.

In your opening you point out:  “The Eurozone is teetering on collapse and it has been decades in the making. The cause of their problems is 1) excessive government spending leading to 2) excessive government debt coupled with 3) slow GDP growth…”

Yet: “And yesterday, Fed Chair Bernanke announced that The Fed stands ready to provide further easing based on Eurozone risk. Since The Fed can’t really push down rates much further, The Fed must be contemplating expanding The Fed’s balance sheet to provide additional liquidity and marginally lowering interest rates. Retirees and people living on fixed incomes will be further harmed by The Fed’s reaction to the Eurocrisis.”

I agree that “The Fed and Treasury should save their bailout tools for the U.S. The GDP boost from additional Federal borrowing is almost zero (see Figure 10). The M1 Money multiplier continues to fall (see Figure 11). When we plot these Federal government intervention measures together (see Figure 10), it shows that intervention has lost effectiveness.

“On The Fed side, it is clear that guarantees to the Eurozone could be problematic to U.S. taxpayers. And the swaps with Europe could be costly as well. But since there is little transparency on The Fed’s discount window and guarantees, it is difficult to measure taxpayer risk exposure…”

As you say: “The Eurozone’s structural problems cannot be solved by low interest loans and guarantees from The Fed and the IMF. In fact, engaging in a bailout of the Eurozone could jeopardize U.S. taxpayers.

“The best way to protect U.S. taxpayers is to increase transparency at The Fed, take back the $100 billion line of credit at the IMF and undertake spending cuts ourselves in order to reduce our deficit and massive debt loan.”

I hope that the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs will listen.

mikejody's picture

Aside from the "I'm a distinguished scholar" and "I wrote a book so I know a lot" this looks like good house testimony.

BaBaBouy's picture

NY C Corruption Capital LTD.

bob_dabolina's picture

CNBC doing a segment on best/worst CEOs. 

Wost CEO should be a no brainer. 

#1 Worst CEO - Barrack Obama

cymro33's picture

- My vote for the worst CEO is Jack Welch.

- He lied about GE using his financial unit to rig the numbers.

-  2009 showed the true GE. (Stock less than 5 and heading for banruptcy.)


bob_dabolina's picture

Obama lies about everything

falun bong's picture

Steve Ballmer, hands down.

TheMerryPrankster's picture

GE used to make a top knotch waffle maker back in the 1960s, maybe they could get back into the appliance market to replace all this chinese junk that burns up in 3 years after it poisons you with toxic materials.

Jack Welch, long may he rest in peace, he's already dug GE's grave, now its just up to current management to heave the corpse into the hole.

TorchFire's picture

GE is the maker of the chinese junk....damn sellout bastards.

bigdumbnugly's picture

"Separate risk from gain, obliterate transparency and choke the market with zero interest rates, and you've not only destroyed capitalism, you've also destroyed the economy by rewarding the most venal, corrupt, fraudulent and capital-destroying players while stranding the prudent on an island of opacity where..."

i don't think bernanke or his fed mates thinks he was even a little bit wrong.  they and their buds have been rewarded, no?

Caviar Emptor's picture

No can do, can't have transparency else TPTB would lose everything and new entrants would have their chance

Milestones's picture

Well written and directed rant- which of course will signify nothing to our corrupt market and government. Gawd, just take a 12 gauge to the bunch of them and let us at least start to try and fix this shit pile.       Milestones  

falak pema's picture

powerful words...If the extent of damage is as CHS says it is : we will take more than a decade to mend :

a) the financial damage, which will not die without social pressure from below as these Oligarchs are POWER.

b) the psychological mind set, which will take a generation not a decade. America has to let this ponzi fall and hope the essential, human will to survive and to revive by resurrecting basic principles of the republic, will start the slow climb back.

BennyBoy's picture

Bernanke has only one goal: Save The Banks.

He wants a job after his FED job is over.

kralizec's picture

"He wants a job after his FED job is over."

Oh, piss boy?!

Cthonic's picture

Groom of the Stool at 200 West St.

undercover brother's picture

the only reason the fed is getting away with this scheme is because the idiots in congress are too stupid, save Ron Paul, to understand the consequences of these actions.  

cat-foodcafe's picture

Nice article, but it misses the point.  Here is the point:  All these machinations, like Bernanke's personal Fed Reserve System, the MFG-Corzine-paper metals shell game, Lehman Bros & Bailout, Inc., plus the European mess are just symptoms of MASSIVE Govt fraud and the contortions the power brokers have to go thru to keep the plates spinning.  They are buying time until the bunkers are full of food, and then 2012 will be upon us.  We should all be asking WTF do they know that we don't, i.e., what is coming at us that we can't see, and I'm not talking about a financial crash.  "They" have absolutely proven they can fake their way thru just about anything.  It will continue until "they" decide to run for the tunnels and slam the blast doors shut.

centerline's picture

Looks like you already might know something about cat food. My crystal ball says that knowing about cat food is a good thing. However, it won't tell me whether malt liquor or Mad Dog 20/20 pairs best with Fancy Feast.

weinerdog43's picture

Nighttrain and Tender Vittles...yum!

LookingWithAmazement's picture

Bernanke is right: the US economy grows, apparently all the panic was idle. Folks are running for credit, government too and so the "crisis" disappears. Bye bye crisis, collapse, meltdown, Armageddon, civil war. Boring world we live in.

JR's picture

Charles Hugh Smith: the 21st Century Thomas Paine; the 21st Century Henry Hazlitt.

What’s happening, the trillions in money given to the banks are not earmarked for lending to the American public; instead of lending it out to small businessmen and home buyers, the insolvent investment bankers are using it as leverage to buy up assets of big corporations and sovereigns. Since people buying homes have nothing big to offer them such as a piece of a corporation, they’re not interested. They’d rather loan money to national chains or Greece…. And when a national or a sovereign doesn’t make good, the Congress shifts the risk to the taxpayer.

The two things flourishing in this recession are the chain stores and the stock market. Where are they getting the money? They don’t get it from the Fed; they get it from the big banks. And the big banks get something in return, don’t they? They’re getting pieces of those companies…

R.E. McMaster wrote in The Reaper:

“The goal of international communism (NWO socialism) is not to destroy Western international debt capitalism. The goal of international communism is to enslave mankind at the behest of Western international debt capitalism.”

This is all you need to know about World Order slavery.

Everybodys All American's picture

This train wreck has been going on for a while and still the main stream media made as their Time magazine person of the year in 2009 none other than Ben Bernanke. The collapse continues and it shows you how disconnected the media is from the truth.

JR's picture

And how connnected to the fraud.

SwingForce's picture

Sheetah, and all you've got are your fancy bold type and black ink gimmicks.

CHS you're 10,000% correct- SCREAM!

slewie the pi-rat's picture

i was rigging up a panful of mashed potatoes (yeah!) ...water...halfNhalf...a few drops of lemon...some crumbled gorgonzola...when i accidently squeezed the hungryJack box at the wrong time, place, and angle, creating a small snowstorm of dessicated potato flakes, which was actually pretty cool...

then i had the thought:  don't shake my globe!

tony bonn's picture

bernankula is satan's little helper who i suspect worships in the church of satan - anton levey's legacy to depravity.

nostromo17's picture

Exactly correct - the relationship between risk and interest rates has been destroyed. High risk should equal high rate and the inverse relationship low risk equals low rate should hold true. The whole fashion to "control inflation" or "inflation rate targeting" by central banks without any theoretical basis whatsoever for what an appropriate target rate of inflation for an economy might be is the historical economics fashion trend...the ignorant leading the blind.

Who do low "inflation rates" protect or sustain?

-->Wealthy savers whose banked capital is not producing anything.

-->Governments who can issue debt at artificially low coupon rates making their debt appear more 'sustainable.'

-->Governments who can isssue sham inflation bonds with even lower 'real' coupons ripping off investors in such under the guise of 'inflation protection.'

-->Economists' careers who then have another pseudo rational for their pseudo science which has the benefit it sounds good intuitively without a spot of of empirical support.

-->The disinformation phantasy cloud everyone now lives in preventing the slightest connection to anything formerly called 'reality.'

Zero rates lead nowhere but to deflation caused by capital becoming unwilling to lend or invest since the spread versus the risk makes lending or investment foolhardy; even production comes to a halt, because there is simply no worthwhile return on investment.

The low rates do not get passed on to consumers as banks pass them on to retail clients, they keep their spread on credit cards by not lowering the retail credit card rates.

Complete economic ignorance prevails ultimately in no one's interest as the world economy will collapse as the consequence.

Marx was a better Capitalist than these fools.

Welcome to the jungle.



JR's picture

Wealthy savers whose banked capital is not producing anything?

It’s not the government’s money; it is not a question of paying people to produce. It’s a question of letting the market set the rate for borrowing. The problem is the Congressional guarantee with taxpayer money for the losses of international investment bankers who take high risk and lose.

And when inflation finally takes all the savers’ money and they are not “producing” anything, maybe they can be signed up for government work gangs to produce something.

Georgesblog's picture

In the Rothschild tradition, the Bernanke Gang runs the wealth transfer business, very well. The central bank gets title to everything, and the people get mountains of worthless paper. We just say no to fraud, but we continue using the currency of debt slavery. It ends when the currency collapses and the people are living in the street, or worse.

michael_engineer's picture




Maybe a lot of this is comes from the IBG-YBG mindset.

I'll be gone.  You'll be gone.

non_anon's picture

nah, not sainted, poped

LowProfile's picture

The Fed's knees are chafed from kow-towing to their banker masters, and worshipping the "magic" of their Keynesian Cargo Cult and Lenin

...He must mean kneeling to pray.

DalaiLamaInAShark's picture

Ok, time for a WTF. "Choke the market with zero interest rates" I really don't quite follow that. What we're talking about here is raising interest rates (to reflect "correct" levels of risk) to force even more massive defaults and foreclosures. But, lowing the book values of the MBS remaining on Bank balance sheets would likely mean "bye bye banky" - and basically Armageddon. Maybe ZIRP ain't so bad poor the time being? If we're going shut down all the ATMs, I'd rather it be when there is no other Alternative.

You feel me, bros?

swani's picture

If Bernake did the right thing, he would lose his job.

ThrivingAdmistCollapse's picture

It's not as if anyone in the Fed really knows what they are doing at this point.  Our economy is in an entirely uncharted territory, and Bernanke's only solution is to run the printing presses.


economic collapse

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