THE FED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: YOUR MONEY IS NONE OF YOUR FUCKING BUSINESS
The paradox, of course, comes from the fact that the President appoints the chairman of this private institution. And that the private institution has a monopoly over the right to issue the currency all American citizens are bound to use as legal tender. A monopoly despite the fact that it isn't required to own anything of value backing that legal tender. Which means it can inflate, and thereby devalue, that currency. And has inflated it at a 95% rate in the 96 years of its existence.
So what's the issue I'm talking about today? Well, as you may know, Bloomberg News sued the Federal Reserve last fall under the Federal Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), seeking an injunction forcing the Fed to disclose the identity and amounts of TARP money it "lent" to various banks and institutions. And without wading into all the details, one of the Fed's defenses asserts that the NY Fed (which "lent" the money and houses most of the documentation) is not a federal agency, and therefore doesn't fall under the reach of FOIA.
They put forth other defenses, all of them equally nauseating, but that's the one that really gets me boiling. Anyhow, do a search for Bloomberg LP v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and prepare to wretch if not rave.
Have a nice weekend . . . until you remember that most Treasury/Federal Reserve shenanigans have gone down over weekends. When you wake up Monday morning, don't be surprised to learn that we've bailed out Citibank to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars.
And don't be surprised if that private bank that destroys your currency tells you it's none of your goddamn business what it's done with your money in an effort to dole it out to its friends. Nah, don't do any of that Monday morning.
Just Wake Up.