The following is exactly right:
"Inflation can't get entrenched without rising wages, which won't happen in a weak labor market." That's what this is really all about; making sure the working stiff never gets another farthing for his labor. That's why the consumer price index (CPI) is the most "class oriented" of all the economic gages. It purposely factors out food, energy, housing (except rental value) so that the only time the inflation alarm blinks red is when salaries go up; then all hell breaks loose! It doesn't make a bit of difference to the Fed what working people are paying at the grocery store or the gas pump; just as long as they NEVER get a raise.
Economist Nouriel Roubini summed it up like this:
"A contracting economy, falling employment, the worst US housing recession since the Great Depression, collapsing home values, millions of households underwater with an incentive to walk away, a shopped out and saving-less and debt-burdened US consumer buffeted by falling home prices, falling HEW, falling stock prices, rising debt servicing ratios, oil at $130 a barrel and gasoline at $4 a gallon, collapsing consumer confidence and falling employment are taking the toll on the economy, on financial markets, on banks, on the shadow financial system and on money markets and credit markets. We were in the eye of the storm rather than past the storm; and the recent events and developments suggest that the worst is ahead of us, for the economy, for equity markets, for credit markets and for money markets."
Source: Bernanke's Speech: "It's all China's fault. Really"
By Mike Whitney
Dump the privatized, evil Federal Reserve. Nationalize the currency; or better yet, do away with it entirely.