From Zero Hedge:
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has invited some of its public critics to visit the bank to unburden themselves of their criticisms. On March 12, it was Jim Grant's turn. The text of his remarks follows.
Piece Of My Mind
My friends and neighbors, I thank you for this opportunity. You know, we are friends and neighbors. Grant's makes its offices on Wall Street, overlooking Broadway, a 10-minute stroll from your imposing headquarters. For a spectacular vantage point on the next ticker-tape parade up Broadway, please drop by. We'll have the windows washed.
You say you would like to hear my complaints... And, on the one hand, I do have a few, while on the other, I can't help but feel slightly hypocritical in dressing you down. What passes for sound doctrine in 21st-century central banking -- so-called financial repression, interest-rate manipulation, stock-price levitation, and money printing under the frosted-glass term "quantitative easing" -- presents us at Grant's with a nearly endless supply of good copy. Our symbiotic relationship with the Fed resembles that of Fox News with the Obama administration, or -- in an earlier era -- that of the Chicago Tribune with the Purple Gang. Grant's needs the Fed even if the Fed doesn't need Grant's.
In the not-quite 100 years since the founding of your institution, America has exchanged central banking for a kind of central planning and the gold standard for what I will call the PhD standard. I regret the changes and will propose reforms, or, I suppose, re-reforms, as my program is very much in accord with that of the founders of this institution. Have you ever read the Federal Reserve Act? The authorizing legislation projected a body "to provide for the establishment of the Federal Reserve banks, to furnish an elastic currency, to afford means of rediscounting commercial paper, and to establish a more effective supervision of banking in the United States, and for other purposes." By now, can we identify the operative phrase? Of course: "for other purposes."
You are lucky, if I may say so, that I'm the one who's standing here and not the ghost of Sen. Carter Glass. One hesitates to speak for the dead, but I am reasonably sure that the Virginia Democrat, who regarded himself as the father of the Fed, would skewer you. He had an abhorrence of paper money and government debt. He didn't like Wall Street, either... And I'm going to guess that he wouldn't much care for the Fed raising up stock prices under the theory of the "portfolio balance channel"...
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