Ex-Federal Reserve chief Paul Volcker says U.S. now in recession

October 14, 2008 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Opinion 

Ahh, my hero ex-chairman Mr. Volcker. If only others would have the discipline you displayed to contain inflation.  I think if you talked to the average business person that you would agree we are in recession.   In the article he talks about some of the same issues that have been discussed here daily. We are looking too short-term in our goals for this financial crisis.

Many times the short-term gains you have, may not be worth the lasting long-term effects you cast on an economy. At some point we will have to deal with this debt, trade imbalance, credit creation/inflation and destruction of the middle class in the U.S. and not amount of credit will fix those problems. We have a system and culture that is not sustainable and will fall apart at some point in the future. It is good to take some punches on lip so you know what it feels like. The goal of life, atleast in my book is not to achieve ultimate convenience but to affect change and leaving life better than it was left to me.

Press Release:

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker said on Tuesday the U.S. housing sector faced more losses and the economy was in recession even as authorities moved to stabilize the financial system.

Volcker said the priority for U.S. authorities in the credit crisis was to stabilize the financial system even though that meant heavy government intrusion.

“The first priority is to stabilize the financial system. It is necessary even though the cost involved is heavy government intrusion in markets that should be private,” he said in a speech at a seminar in Singapore.

“House prices in the U.S. are still declining. There are still more losses to come there. The economy, I believe, is in recession.”

Volcker is chairman of the board of trustees of the Group of 30, an international body composed of central bank governors, leading economists and private financial sector experts.

He is credited for battling double-digit inflation that flared in the 1970s.

He was chairman of the U.S. central bank between 1979 and 1987, before handing the reins over to Alan Greenspan, and oversaw a sharp increase in interest rates to quell the price pressures.

Volcker was asked by a member of the audience if the massive infusion of liquidity by the Federal Reserve could lead to inflation or stagflation.

“It’s not going to be a problem in the short run. Inflation doesn’t flourish in the face of recession,” he said. “It’s something we have to worry about when we get out of this recession.”

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  1. Ron Holland says:

    The Federal Reserve is Guilty of Helping Create the Global Financial Meltdown

    Many investors and concerned citizens around the world are showing their outrage at what the Federal Reserve has done to the American economy with their easy money policies which caused the credit & real estate bubble and subsequent global financial meltdown.

    Join the thousands who are signing & commenting on the Abolish the Federal Reserve Petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/fed/petition.html

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