The Fed Has Whiffed Again – Massive Monetary Stimulus Has Not Helped Labor

by David Stockman
David Stockman’s Contra Corner

There is a deep irony embedded in the Fed’s savage assault on savers and its delusional doctrine of interest rate repression. While this actually results in monumental windfalls to speculators and the one percent, it’s all justified in the name of boosting the labor market and the wage bill.

So the chart in Jeff Snider’s nearby post is especially salient. It shows that all this money printing has been for naught. Notwithstanding the 9X eruption of the Fed’s balance sheet from $500 billion at the turn of the century to $4.5 trillion today, growth in the most basic measure of labor input—-total hours worked——has come to a grinding halt.

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