12 Feb 2010

Arnold Kling Smells a Fed Rat

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I’ve said before (can’t find the post) that Arnold Kling is my kind of cynic. Try this:

Rather than try to come up with an economic theory to explain Fed policy, I would suggest a more cynical approach. The goal has been to transfer wealth to banks and to the holders of mortgage securities. The thinking is that those constituents are more important to the economy than taxpayers.

The Fed has changed from a central bank to a piggy bank. Any economist who tries to interpret Fed policy from the standpoint of economic theory is playing a fool’s game.

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