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RICHARD RUSSELL ON ICBM BEN

Richard Russell of the Dow Theory Letters has been an outspoken critic of fractional reserve banking and fiat currency.  He was clearly disturbed by the Fed’s actions yesterday:

They’re calling it “The Rambo Fed.” Bernanke is not fooling around any longer. He’s playing all his cards. He’s going to put a floor under housing and boost asset prices in an all-out attack on the bear market. Bernanke wants to drive mortgage rates down and refinance housing at 3-4%. On the news, the dollar swooned, the Euro surged, the long T-bond exploded higher by six points, and the yield on the ten-year Treasury bond sank to 1.51%. Whew, what a day and what an announcement.

The Bernanke plan — smother deflation with money and put a floor under housing. Bernanke will in no way accept deflation. The Fed will go all-out in printing Federal Reserve Notes in its massive assault on deflation. Bernanke will accept a collapsing dollar rather than a repeat of the Great Depression. Actually, the Fed would like a lower (not a crashing) dollar. A lower dollar would be inflationary, which is what the Fed wants.

We’ve now entered into the what I call “the land of unintended consequences.” More on this tomorrow.

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