[Marxism] [Pen-l] Michael Hudson: The game is over

Jim Devine jdevine03 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 21 08:17:35 MDT 2008

> Michael Hudson: The United States always has steered its monetary policy
> almost exclusively with domestic objectives in mind. This means ignoring the
> balance of payments. Like the domestic U.S. economy itself, the global
> financial system also is all about getting a free lunch. When Europe and
> Asia receive excess dollars, these are turned over to their central banks,
> which have little alternative but to recycle these back to the United States
> by buying U.S. Treasury bonds. Foreign governments – and their taxpayers –
> are thus financing the domestic U.S. federal budget deficit, which itself
> stems largely from the war in Iraq that most foreign voters oppose.
> Supporting the dollar's exchange rate by the traditional method of raising
> interest rates would have a very negative effect on the stock and bond
> markets – and on the mortgage market. This would lead foreign investors to
> sell U.S. securities, and likely would end up hurting more than helping the
> U.S. balance of payments and hence the dollar's exchange rate.
>  So Bernanke is merely being polite in not rubbing the faces of European and
> Asian governments in the fact that unless they are willing to make a
> structural break and change the world monetary system radically, they will
> remain powerless to avoid giving the United States a free ride – including a
> free ride for its military spending and war in the Near East.

why does the Fed have to support the dollar exchange rate? Why not
simply enjoy an export surge?

Jim Devine / "Segui il tuo corso, e lascia dir le genti." (Go your own
way and let people talk.) -- Karl, paraphrasing Dante.

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