It can't get any worse than this. Jerome Powell is a Wall Street-coddling Keynesian and Washington lifer who passes for a Janet Yellen replica – that is, save for his tie and trousers and his as yet underdeveloped capacity to whine pedantically.
During his years on the Fed since May 2012, Powell has voted approximately 44 times to drastically falsify interest rates and to recklessly and fraudulently monetize trillions of the public debt. That is, Powell has been all-in for a destructive central banking regime that is literally asphyxiating capitalist prosperity in America.
We will get to the latter in more detail momentarily, but just consider the plight of bank account savers during the 65 months "Jay" has served on the Federal Reserve Board. They have been continuously savaged by negative real interest rates averaging -1.8% per year. That cumulates to a 9% confiscation of inflation-adjusted principal during that five and one-half year period, but this purported Republican dissented not a single time.
And now he is being appointed Fed Chairman by a purported Republican President!
At this point, therefore, it can be well and truly said that Wall Street owns the nation's central bank and that the Republican party has morphed into a gang of dutiful handmaidens. Any semblance of fidelity to sound money and free market capitalism – of the type, for instance, so brilliantly articulated by Treasury Secretary Bill Simon during Ford's time and George Humphreys during the Eisenhower era – has been lost in the fog of history.
Not only did Republican presidents appoint the scourges of Greenspan and Bernanke, but the GOP standard bearers thereafter have essentially embraced more of the same monetary central planning. During the 2008 campaign, for example, Senator McCain's chief economic advisory was Mark Zandi of Moody's – a Fed sycophant and Keynesian "stimulus" devotee if there ever was one. And Mitt Romney's top economic advisor in 2012 was professor R. Glenn Hubbard of Columbia, who averred at the time that Bernanke was doing a swell job.
Yes, we know that the Donald came to the Oval Office with a giant disability on the matter of sound money.
To wit, he claims to be a billionaire and perhaps is. But if so, it wasn't owing to the genius and business acumen domiciled in Trump Tower; it was solely and completely due to the fact that the Donald's 40-year career as a leveraged real estate developer was flattered beyond measure by the cheap debt and serial bubbles that have been the essence of central bank policy since Volcker was fired in 1987.
So we did take his campaign attack on the Fed's "big, fat, ugly bubble" with several grains of salt, and knew that his self-characterization as a "low interest man" did not bode well for his approach to filling the raft of vacancies at the Fed.