MONEY: The FED is clueless when it counts

Fed’s 2008 Transcripts Show Struggle to Grasp Magnitude of Crisis
Two days after U.S. officials decided to let Lehman Brothers collapse in September 2008, and just before the Federal Reserve was about to unleash a torrent of new support programs to bolster a crumbling financial system, central-bank officials were still struggling to grasp the magnitude of the calamity that had hit the U.S. economy.

“I think that our policy is looking actually pretty good,” Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said of the level of interest rates at a closed-door Fed policy meeting on Sept. 16, 2008, according to transcripts of its policy meetings that were released Friday with the traditional five-year lag.

By year-end the Fed had cut interest rates to zero, announced plans to start buying private mortgage-backed securities, and set up programs to prop up money-market funds and the commercial-paper market and individual banks such as Citigroup.

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So why do we allow the banking cartel to run the nation’s money?

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