This is a syndicated repost courtesy of Money Morning. To view original, click here. Hints from the U.S. Federal Reserve this week that the quantitative easing (QE) taper is near pushed the Dow down 105 points Wednesday – but the idea of less Fed stimulus has caused much more turmoil in certain overseas markets. The…
This is a syndicated repost courtesy of Money Morning. To view original, click here. In one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes from July 30-31 were released today (Wednesday). They will be picked apart for days – but here’s what you need to know.…
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting ended today (Wednesday) with word that the Fed plans to the stay the course on QE for now, backtracking from earlier hints it might begin tapering this fall.
There’s a key market-moving event this week investors can’t miss: the semi-annual Ben Bernanke monetary policy testimony before Congress on Wednesday (House) and Thursday (Senate).
Congressional legislation known as Humphrey-Hawkins (now expired) required the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee to report to Congress on both the state of the U.S. economy and monetary policy twice a year (February and July). The Fed Chairman testifies before Congress in conjunction with the report.
Last week, President Obama indicated that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will likely step down in January when his term ends. After taking office in 2006 under then-President George W. Bush, Bernanke has facilitated the greatest economic transfer of wealth from America’s grandchildren to banks and foreign nations in the name of sustaining the Keynesian vision of the economic stimulus.
Frederick J. Sheehan is the author of Panderer to Power: The Untold Story of How Alan Greenspan Enriched Wall Street and Left a Legacy of Recession (McGraw-Hill, 2009) and “The Coming Collapse of the Municipal Bond Market” (Aucontrarian.com, 2009…
A group of U.S. bankers has told top Federal Reserve officials that regulators’ focus on restraining bankers’ pay is creating “unnecessary tension.” At a meeting last month with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and other top officials, executives said the Fed’s goals for bankers’ incentive compensation are a source of friction with regulators… … members, including…
The chairman of the New York Fed has defended the role on his board of embattled JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon… “I do not think he should step down,” Bollinger said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. He said critics attacking the Fed have a “false understanding” of how it works, and that…
The markets rallied Monday on news that global leaders favor additional stimulus. The hope is that additional spending will induce growth and put the world back on track.
Don’t hold your breath.
Big government robs the economy of wealth, strips it of initiative and further undermines our recovery.
So why, then, do our leaders continue to throw good money after bad?
Try this on for size.
In 1958, a man named Cyril Northcote Parkinson published a series of essays in book form called Parkinson’s Law: The Pursuit of Progress. In it, he postulated a mathematical equation that describes how bureaucracies expand over time and why.
I don’t know if he had a wicked sense of humor or a dramatic flair for irony but the equation at the core of his argument relied on something he termed the “coefficient of inefficiency.”
The coefficient of inefficiency says the size of a committee or government decision-making body is determined by the point at which it becomes completely inefficient or irrelevant. Or both – hence the name.
Parkinson determined that the minimal effective size for a decision-making body is about five people, and the optimal size is somewhere between three and 20.
Last time I checked, we had 548 people inside the beltway – 535 voting members of Congress, nine Supreme Court justices, one president, one vice president, one treasurer and one Fed chairman – who are responsible for making decisions on behalf of 330 million citizens.
Combine that with nearly 2.8 million total Federal employees (excluding our military) and we’re waaaaay beyond anything even remotely resembling workable decision making.
Now here’s the thing. Parkinson also observed that bureaucracies grew by about 5%-7% a year, “irrespective of any variation in the amount of work (if any) to be done.”
In other words, the larger bureaucracies become, the more ineffective they get even if additional people are hired to do work that doesn’t exist.
And to think, all this time I thought our government ran on the Peter Principle!
Parkinson attributed this to two things: