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Destroy the Economy, Win a Nobel Prize

• Ron Paul Institute - Ron Paul

Honoring Bernanke for his advice on what government should do when banks fail is like giving a fire safety award to an arsonist.

Bernanke was Fed chairman when the housing bubble, created by his predecessor Alan Greenspan in the wake of the bursting of Greenspan's tech bubble and the 9-11 attacks, exploded. When the housing market collapsed, Bernanke worked with Congress and the Bush administration to bail out big banks and Wall Street firms.

In the years following the meltdown, the Bernanke-led Fed tried to "stimulate" the economy via massive money creation, near zero interest rates, and "quantitative easing," where the Fed injects liquidity into the market via purchases of financial assets including Treasury bonds.

The Fed's post-meltdown policies produced sluggish growth at best, while laying the groundwork for the next bust. A sign that the next crash was around the corner came in September of 2019, when the Federal Reserve began pumping billions of dollars a day into the "repurchasing" market, which banks use to make overnight loans to each other, in order to keep that market's interest rates from rising above the Fed's target rate. The covid lockdowns then gave the Fed an excuse to push interest rates to zero and massively expand quantitative easing.


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