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Uhh, I think some thing big (and bad) happened in September 2008.

We changed course.  Was that the change you hoped for?

That is an awful lot of printing…

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Thanks to Zero Hedge for the chart:

Federal Reserve Balance Sheet Update: Week Of January 13, $1.070 Trillion In UST Holdings

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This is the root of where we went wrong back in the 1930’s.  We strayed significantly from the constitution and we are paying dearly for it now…  They are destroying our currency, and our countries sovereignty along with it…

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Is the Fed’s Debt-Buying Unconstitutional?

Is the Federal Reserve violating the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers in its new purchases of $600 billion worth of U.S. Treasuries? Is the Fed engaging in an unconstitutional monetization of the   U.S. Congress’ out of control spending spree that is really a bridge loan to fiscal insanity?

At minimum, should the Fed be avoiding these purchases until the fiscally debauched U.S. Congress, packed to the ceiling with fiscal dipsomaniacs, follows Great Britain’s lead in its fiscal abstinence that may “out Thatcher” even Margaret Thatcher?

Isn’t the problem fiscal incontinence and regulatory misfeasance, and business uncertainty about all of that, which is creating joblessness? Not a lack of liquidity and not deflation, which is not a clear and present danger, as instead inflation is still with us?

And isn’t the Fed dangerously habituating the stock, bond and commodities markets to a “new normal” of constant quantitative easing?

Open Revolt

Germany, China, Russia and Brazil are attacking the Fed’s move. President Barack Obama is now defending the Fed in his (more…)

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We are entering very dangerous waters.  The backlash will be severe, we are already seeing the effects…

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QE2 risks currency wars and the end of dollar hegemony

As the US Federal Reserve meets today to decide whether its next blast of quantitative easing should be $1 trillion or a more cautious $500bn, it does so knowing that China and the emerging world view the policy as an attempt to drive down the dollar.

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor
Published: 9:56PM GMT 01 Nov 2010

QE2 risks currency wars and the end of dollar hegemony 

QE2 risks currency wars and the end of dollar hegemony Photo: AFP

The Fed’s “QE2” risks accelerating the demise of the dollar-based currency system, perhaps leading to an unstable tripod with the euro and yuan, or a hybrid gold standard, or a multi-metal “bancor” along lines proposed by John Maynard Keynes in the 1940s.

China’s commerce ministry fired an irate broadside against Washington on Monday. “The continued and drastic US dollar depreciation recently has led countries including Japan, South Korea, and Thailand to intervene in the currency market, intensifying a ‘currency war’. In the mid-term, the US dollar will continue to weaken and gaming between major currencies will escalate,” it said.

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Here we go, its official.  Watch for price increases over the next 3-6 months…

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Fed to Spend $600 Billion More To Help Boost US Economy

The Federal Reserve launched a controversial new policy on Wednesday, committing to buy $600 billion more in government bonds by the middle of next year in an attempt to breathe new life into a struggling U.S. economy.

Sheet of US one hundred dollar bills
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The decision, which takes the Fed into largely uncharted waters, is aimed at further lowering borrowing costs for consumers and businesses still suffering in the aftermath of the worst recession since the Great Depression.

The U.S. central bank said it would buy about $75 billion in longer-term Treasury bonds per month. It said it would regularly review the pace and size of the program and adjust it as needed depending on the path of the recovery.

In its post-meeting statement, the Fed described the economy as “slow”, and said employers remained reluctant to add to payrolls. It said measures of inflation were “somewhat low.”

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We are at a dangerous point this week.  Under the cover of all the election hype, the federal reserve is making probably the biggest decision in this century…remain watchful, stock up on food & water, make sure you fill up your cars with gas…pray, trust in God.  It is going to be quite a ride…

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Watch for what the Fed does today, headlines from Drudge on fed’s decision…

Treasury estimates $362B in borrowing for quarter...

Bernanke Faces More Congressional Scrutiny After Republican Election Gains...

PUMP: Fed Likely to Announce $500 Billion of Purchases...

'Biggest decision in decades'...

Fed easing may means 20% drop of dollar value...

'The end of dollar hegemony'...

Sen. Gregg: 'We're Greece' in a Few Years...

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He said this as well before the last round of printing to buy debt, that time it was hidden, this time?  Who knows…

I am always amazed at how someone can say one thing and do the complete opposite.  It is very common place these days.  Deception seems to be the norm…

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Geithner Vows That US Won’t Devalue Dollar

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner vowed on Monday that the United States would not devalue the dollar for export advantage, saying no country could weaken its currency to gain economic health.

“It is not going to happen in this country,” Geithner told Silicon Valley business leaders of devaluing the dollar.

Geithner broke his silence on the dollar’s protracted slide ahead of this weekend’s meeting of finance leaders from the Group of 20 wealthy and emerging nations in South Korea, where rising tensions over Chinese and U.S. currency valuations are expected to take center stage.

“It is very important for people to understand that the United States of America and no country around the world can devalue its way to prosperity, to (be) competitive,” Geithner added. “It is not a viable, feasible strategy and we will not engage in it.”

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More on Fed’s plans to fire up the printing press…

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Officials hint Fed on the verge of more easing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A string of Federal Reserve officials on Tuesday indicated the central bank will soon offer further monetary stimulus to the economy, with one saying $100 billion a month in bond buys may be appropriate.

While internal differences on the unconventional policy are still evident, the consensus view at the Fed appears to be that the economy is weak enough to warrant further support, most likely through increased purchases of Treasury debt.

The U.S. economy is expected to have grown just 1.9 percent in the third quarter, a level considered too low to bring down unemployment. The debt purchases would help lower long-term interest rates in the hope of boosting demand.

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