You Know You Suck When People Like The IRS More Than You

This is bad Ben, very bad.  You know that the “little people” are waking up to the banking cartel known as the Federal Reserve and that you have to be sucking fumes if people are thinking the IRS does a better job than you.

Ben Bernanke has been on the campaign trail in the past week trying to convince people that there is nothing mysterious or evil about the Federal Reserve, but a new Gallup Poll proves that people are not buying it.   Sucks to be you Ben, especially since you are “up” for re-appointment for a 14  year term.  Anybody want to keep looking at Ben for the next 14 years?

CDC Tops Agency Ratings; Federal Reserve Board Lowest

PRINCETON, NJ — At a time when Americans are discouraged about the direction of the country and hesitant about the scope of President Barack Obama’s federal budget plans, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NASA, and the FBI earn credit for a job well done from a majority of Americans. The 61% who say the CDC is doing an excellent or good job can be contrasted with the 30% who say this of the Federal Reserve Board, making the latter the worst reviewed of nine agencies and departments rated in the July 10-12 Gallup Poll.


In 2003, the slight majority of Americans, 53%, said the Federal Reserve was doing an excellent or good job and 5% called it poor. Today, 30% of Americans praise the job the Fed is doing, while nearly as many, 22%, call it poor. While this ratings downturn coincides with a substantial drop in consumer confidence toward the U.S. economy over the same period, it is unclear how much of the Fed’s image decline is due to the general decline in the country’s economic climate, as opposed to specific perceptions about the agency’s performance in carrying out its monetary responsibilities and possibly its role in the crisis surrounding U.S. financial markets. The Fed’s low excellent/good rating may also reflect the higher-than-average percentage of Americans having “no opinion” about this arm of the government, relative to the other agencies rated.

Forget Aloof, Bernanke Goes Barnstorming

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ben S. Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, is on a publicity campaign with a message: the central bank is here to help, and it is not as mysterious or menacing as people might think.

In a profound departure from the central bank’s tradition as an aloof and secretive temple of economic policy, Mr. Bernanke has plunged into the public spotlight to an extent that none of his predecessors would have contemplated.

He has given a television interview to “60 Minutes” on CBS, including a tour of his hometown, Dillon, S.C.; held what amounted to a televised news conference; and written newspaper commentaries to explain the Fed’s efforts to fight the financial crisis.

On Sunday, Mr. Bernanke reached another milestone in his evolution from Fed chairman to Fed showman, participating in a one-hour town hall-style forum here organized and moderated by Jim Lehrer of “The NewsHour” on PBS.

Like a political candidate on the campaign trail — indeed, his four-year term expires in January — Mr. Bernanke fielded questions from local residents and tried to rebuff charges that the Fed was either conspiring with big banks, stifling free-market capitalism or possibly doing both at the same time.

When a small-business owner asked Mr. Bernanke why the Fed helped rescue big banks while “short-changing” small companies, Mr. Bernanke answered that he had decided to “hold my nose” because he was afraid the entire financial system would collapse.

Are You Freakin’ Kidding Me?  Hold you nose, Bernanke? These are your buddies that you helped to bailout with Paulson, Pelosi, Frank, Dodd, etc.   Meanwhile, that supposed credit crunch would ease with T.A.R.P. and we would all be living in my little pony world.  Is it any wonder your job approval is going through the floor?

The Fed has never wielded as much power as it does right now, but the very expansion of its mission has exposed it to more second-guessing and more challenges to its political independence than ever before.

“The Federal Reserve, in collaboration with the giant banks, has created the greatest financial crisis the world has ever seen,” Representative Ron Paul, Republican of Texas, said at a House hearing last week in which Mr. Bernanke testified about the state of the economy.

President Obama has proposed a sweeping plan that would make the Fed more powerful in some respects and less powerful in others. Mr. Obama’s plan would put the Fed in charge of regulating systemic risk, like the buildup of dangerous mortgages during the housing bubble, and would give the Fed power to impose tougher regulation over financial institutions deemed too big to fail.

At the same time, the administration plan would strip the Fed of its current authority to regulate mortgages and other forms of consumer lending, including credit cards. Those powers would be shifted to a new regulatory agency with broad power to regulate consumer financial products.

Mr. Bernanke strongly supports putting the Fed in charge of risk regulation, but he and Fed officials are resisting Mr. Obama’s plan for a separate consumer regulatory agency. That puts him in the potentially awkward position of alienating the Fed’s most important supporter — the president.

At the town hall event, which will be shown on “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” this week in three parts, Mr. Bernanke set out to reassure people that the economy would regain its strength “within a few years.” But he cautioned that the unemployment rate would probably climb above 10 percent before it gradually started to fall next year.

Now here is our buddie Ben last week in front of a congressional committee explaining that he does not know exactly where $553 BILLION of Central Bank Liquidity Swaps went; just that it went to 14 Central Banks throughout the world.

I am still trying to come to terms with Alan Grayson asking pertinent questions of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, when he has been involved with this and this, but I digress.

“Congress Approved It In The Federal Reserve Act”

By Logistics Monster


  • Practical Madman -

    We were stuck with Greenspan for SOOOOOOOO long…. what makes you thing WE have any choice in Bernanke? Did we have any choice in him before?? The pres. is given a list by the Fed. Reserve and he is limited to that list for his appointment.

    We have been and will continue to be set up…UNTIL…..

  • Gary Lewis -

    Currency Bill – Federal Reserve Act of 1913 (H.R. 7837)

    Sec. 17 – Notes Issues

    Federal reserve notes, to be issued at the discretion of the Federal reserve board for the purpose of making advances to Federal reserve banks through the Federal reserve agents as hereinafter set forth and for no other purpose are hereby authorized. The said notes shall be obligations of the United States and shall be receivable for all taxes and other public dues, except customs. They shall be redeemed in gold on demand at the Treasury Department of the United States, in the city of Washington, District of Columbia, or in gold or lawful money at any Federal reserve bank.

    Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution – Limits on Congress

    No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.


    Maybe I’m just a little too simple in my thinking and I have way too much common sense, but my reading of the above is that Congress is in violation of the Constitution for allowing the Federal Reserve (an entity Congress created) to draw from the Treasury without proper accounting to the public.

    I know someone will say that printing fiat money is not “drawing from” the Treasury. But, the fact is that the notes are in effect obligating the Treasury for that amount and is therefore a draw in advance.

    In any event, there is no accounting to the public for any of it.

  • Practical Madman -

    GG- you are right…I was just trying to give a little credit where none was due.

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