A Tear in the Fabric of the Economic Universe

March 19 (Bloomberg) -- By committing to buy Treasuries and double his purchases of mortgage debt, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke signaled his determination to avoid a repeat of the Great Depression and his willingness to pump as much cash into the economy as needed to end the current crisis. U.S. central bankers decided yesterday to buy as much as $300 billion of long-term Treasuries and more than double mortgage-debt purchases to $1.45 trillion, aiming to lower home- loan and other interest rates. The Fed kept its main rate at almost zero and may keep it there for an “extended” time.
The moves sparked the biggest drop in 10-year Treasury yields since 1962, rallies in the stock market and gold and a plunge in the dollar against the euro. Economist
Richard Hoey said Bernanke has created the “Rambo Fed,” referring to the Sylvester Stallone character skilled with weapons.
“This is a very powerful and aggressive move,” Hoey, chief economist at Bank of New York Mellon Corp., said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “One of the reasons I’ve been arguing we won’t have a depression is we’ve got a Fed chairman who understands the problem and is going to come with the right diagnosis and the right medicine.”

Commentary: Yikes! We have economists who believe we can print and spend our way out of a recession. This does not work in the real world. Debt monetization only devalues a currency. It appears that the Fed has gone into this with the wrong assumptions and is continuing on the same wrong beliefs. I heard one commentator blame the gold standard for the Great Depression the other day. Few seem to acknowledge that printing money willy nilly is a better solution. To put it metaphysically, they believe that "we can get something (money) out of nothing (thin air)."

Banana Republic USA is on its way!

Might want to add Banana Democrats to that label too.