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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-23-10 05:27 PM
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Paul Krugman For The Fed

The case for Ben Bernankes reappointment was weak to start with, weakened with his hearings, and is now held together by string and some phone calls from the White House. Bernanke is an airline pilot who pulled off a miraculous landing, but didnt do his preflight checks and doesnt show any sign of being more careful in the future thank him if you want, but why would you fly with him again (or the airline that keeps him on)?

The support for Bernanke in the Senate hangs by a thread with Harry Reid providing a message of support, albeit lukewarm, after the markets close. The White House is telling people that if Bernanke is not reconfirmed there will be chaos in the markets and the economic recovery will be derailed. This is incorrect.

The danger here is uncertainty the markets fear a prolonged policy vacuum. Fortunately, there is a way to address this. Ben Bernanke should withdraw and the president should nominate Paul Krugman to take his place.
Paul Krugman is an expert on monetary policy he wrote the classic paper on balance of payments crises (and probably could have got the Nobel Prize just for that), his work on Japan in the 1990s shaped everyones thinking of how to handle potential deflation, and his assessment of the crisis and needed response in fall 2008 was right on the money.

Krugman is known to many academics as a trade theorist and as a pioneering modeler of growth with increasing returns. But just because Keynes wrote eloquently on Indian currency reform did not prevent him from also understanding what had gone wrong with the world economy and how to substantially fix it.

Krugman also has exactly the paper trail that you would like to see from any potential Fed chair. He has written pointedly and with complete clarity about all the leading policy issues of the day.

There is no question where he stands, for example, on too big to fail financial institutions: hes opposed and would push for fundamental financial reform and tough oversight.

Big banks, without doubt, would be appalled. But the Greenspan fallacy was always that no one else could do his job and even considering an alternative would be destabilizing. Look at the mess that got us into.

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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-23-10 06:12 PM
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1. Krugman Would Have to Be Crazy To Take the Job Under Such Poisonous Conditions
but I'd like to see him try. God knows, he couldn't do any worse.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-23-10 10:14 PM
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3. Ditto. Except, being selfish, I would miss his voice in his op-eds. I think
his influence in that regard would be cause a vacume in the discussion of politics. I would hate to see that.
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OHdem10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-23-10 06:14 PM
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2. Larry Sommers would be served up.
I am not one of those wanting to hang Bernanke.

Greenspan had set things up; The Wall Street Robber Barons
did much more harm.

At least Bernanke stabalized things.

The country is still in a Crisis. More Americans will be very
uncomfortable changing the Fed in Crisis.

To have continuity, keep Bernanke or I bet you money Sommers.
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