Wednesday, November 26, 2008
At the end of Steven Pearlstein's excellent commentary on the world-wide bailout juggernaut that he aptly labels "Keynes on steroids" can be found this little gem.
What wasn't particularly helpful this week was the published leak from the Obama camp that former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers would be named the next chairman of the Federal Reserve when the term of Bernanke, the current chairman, expires at the end of January 2010.This does not appear to have been widely reported, but it is rather significant - January of 2010 is just over a year away. This also prompts the question, if this is a Category 4 financial crisis, what would a Category 5 possibly look like?
A Category 4 financial crisis is hardly the time to undermine confidence in -- or confidence of -- the Fed chairman. Nor is it the time to create unneeded tension between the Fed and the White House, where Summers will be the president's closest and most powerful economic adviser. Whatever his original intentions, Obama would do well to announce publicly that there will be no change at the Fed until the crisis has passed -- and maybe not even then.