Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Politics of Bernanke's Reappointment

The Senate today confirmed Chairmen Bernanke's reappointment to a second term at the Federal Reserve by a vote of 70 to 30 (See Bernanke Confirmed). As concerns abounded about the extent of the Federal Reserve's independence, Senator Schummer commented: “If you don’t like monetary policy when the Fed does it just wait until the politicians get their hands on it.” Well said. Bloomberg did a nice (and short) piece about the politics of the reappointment and the need for the Federal Reserve Chariman to go visiting with the politicians to keep his job.


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