Trump Seeking Greater Federal Reserve Accountability, Transparency

The Federal Reserve, having drawn harsh criticism from House Republicans, Donald Trump and the general public, is now facing a perspective of being reformed as all its critics are now forming the new US government, with Republican majorities in the Congress and Trump as President, backed by the silent majority of the US Main Street economy.
Kristian Rouz – Amidst the rising dissatisfaction of Middle America with the Federal Reserve’s perceived lack of clarity on its monetary policies and funds allocation and management, including the notoriously bloated $4.5 trln balance sheet during the eight years of Obama, the new White House administration is poised to seek ways to put the central bank under greater control of the US government.
US Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin voiced his support for a higher standard of transparency in the Fed’s actions, whilst House Republicans called for tougher governmental surveillance over the Fed policies.
The US central bank finds itself under the greatest pressure from the government for first time since the Kennedy administration, and this time around, the US corporate sector seems to be on the side of the White House.
Over the past two years, the Fed policies have resulted in hard times for the profitability of US private sector enterprises focusing on the domestic market, meaning Fed reform is a likelier probability now than it was almost six decades ago.
The House Republican-proposed “Audit the Fed” Act seems to have gained traction in the now-Republican-controlled Senate, and with a Republican President in the White House, a central bank reform might result in a legislation that would prevent the Fed from excessively interfering in the market economy.
However, Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump’s pick for Treasury Secretary, seems to have a more cautious stance on the matter than Senator Rand Paul, one of the “Audit the Fed” Act’s most fervent proponents.

“The Federal Reserve is organized with sufficient independence to conduct monetary policy and open market operations,” Mnuchin said. “I endorse the increased transparency we have seen from the Federal Reserve Board over recent years.”

On the trail of his presidential campaign last year, Donald Trump repeatedly attacked the Fed for being excessively politicized and playing along to the Democrat agenda of the ultra-affordable credit and the off-limits balance sheet expansion, resulting in huge amount of funds being squandered at the expense of the higher US national debt.

“I used to think they were independent, and the Fed is obviously not independent. It’s obviously not even close to being independent,” Trump said in September.

“I would want to have a policy where we can begin to gently reduce debt, because right now it is not under control,” Trump also said. “What happens if interest rates go up fairly substantially? What happens with all of the money we have and we are borrowing – you know what that does to our balance sheet? I mean that’s a cost that’s beyond belief.”
House Republicans, on their part, believe quite the contrary – that the Fed’s lack of accountability to the Congress allows the central bank do whatever it pleases.

“No institution holds more power over the future of the American economy and the value of our savings than the Federal Reserve,” Senator Paul said, “yet Fed Chair Yellen refuses to be fully accountable to the people’s representatives.”

The “Audit the Fed” movement started as a bipartisan initiative back in 2010, when the Fed started their unprecedented balance sheet expansion in order to help the Obama administration finance its ambitious endeavors. However, it has been faltering ever since because of the partisan divide in the Congress, and because the Fed’s policies of ultra-affordable money in the period of 2009-2016 have largely been in line with the agenda of the Obama administration.
Now that Trump’s cabinet is seeking ways to boost domestic production of goods and services, turn the deficit in foreign trade into a surplus, and reduce the excessive indebtedness, the issue of the Fed’s balance sheet and money management is drawing greater attention from both the Congress and the White House.
Despite all the effort, however, with an independent entity such as the central bank, the US government’s options are limited in changing the Fed’s conduct significantly.

“I think it will be very tough to change very much” with the Fed, Paul Mortimer-Lee of BNP Paribas in New York said. Particularly so, given the US unemployment is low and inflation is subdued, meaning the Fed is doing its job well, at least, as indicated by the official numbers.

In his discussions with the Congress, Mnuchin abstained from giving out too much regarding his view of the future of the Federal Reserve. He only hinted that the Fed does not have constitutional independence, which might imply there is a possibility of a Fed reform after all. However, the system the Federal Reserve is, with its 12 regional banks, is quite rigid as private citizens from the personnel of these regional banks. This effectively balances the US government’s influence on the Fed Board.
Mnuchin also provided little detail on his view of the Fed’s monetary policy independence. All this likely suggests the White House and the Congress will introduce some sort of a central bank reform under the Trump presidency, which will include the provisions of the “Audit the Fed” Act, Trump’s earlier remarks and a viewpoint of a professional banker that Mnuchin is.
Trump, after all, favors Volcker-style 20-percent base borrowing costs, which he sees as the cornerstone for a more sustainable market economy. However, in its current position, the ultra-dovish Federal Reserve will likely fail to deliver on Trump’s expectations of central bank assistance with his across-the-board economic reform. This makes a reform of the Fed itself almost a necessity on Trump’s agenda.


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8 thoughts on “Trump Seeking Greater Federal Reserve Accountability, Transparency”

  1. This article says nothing about members of the Khazarian mafia being the real owners of the Federal Reserve banks. The public needs to know about this and all these banks need to be nationalized by the Treasury and these usurious banks need to be put out of business.

    1. they shore know how to lead people like you up the garden path and keep you from knowing who the real enemies are.

  2. The Federal Reserve is a foreign Rothschild controlled criminal scam and theft of the wealth of America and the World. Everyone knows that the Federal Reserve is not Federal and has no Reserves. If the US Economy is ever going to be “Great Again” it has to go back to 1912 and abolish the Federal Reserve!
    The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was fraudulently enacted by a gang of handpicked criminals working for the International Banksters (aka the Rothschilds).
    Until the Federal Reserve RICO Racket is shut down there will be no peace or prosperity in the USA. This is why Kennedy was killed.
    He had already issued new US Currency called “United States Bank Notes” issued directly from the US Treasury just as Abraham Lincoln did.
    I have two of them both dated 1963.
    This is why the International Banksters killed JFK and Lincoln:
    because they both saw what the real problem is (as Andrew Jackson did as well):the International Gangsters money fraud and their nation hijacking scam which now controls and terrorizes virtually the entire world.
    As its’ World Leader Meyer Rothschild famously said:.
    “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who runs the government!”
    Why do you continue to worship the Federal Reserve Emperor who has no clothes?
    Wake up and see the facts or you will continue to be doomed to eternal slavery by the International Bankster Fraud and Terror Cartel…
    That is the whole truth and nothing but the Truth, so help me God!”
    All the rest of the drivel printed above is just deception and diversion and a
    monumental waste of time.

  3. That $4.5 TRILLION “balance sheet.”
    Gee, I guess that just “appeared” magically out of thin air?
    Interesting that it begins to “appear” post the 2007/08 crash ..
    At the same, beginning in May 2006, $4.5 TRILLION ..
    Is transferred from the Bank of China (Singapore branch) ..
    To Bank of America, Richmond, VA., via Federal Reserve “Clearing House” ..
    of Richmond, VA ..
    THEN! All of sudden, is SEIZED by “Hank” Paulson, US Treasury Secretary ..
    At the time, and that $4.5 TRILLION is secured in an account at the US Treasury ..
    Do we need to explain things further here?
    Enough “dots” to connect?

  4. While I support the proposed legislation to audit the Federal Reserve passed by the House committee, I submit it is not necessary.
    The GAO has authority to review the handling of government funds by any entity. It has made at least two reviews of the FRBNY’s handling of funds [but not audits] from auctions of Treasury securities. The FRBNY has exclusive handing of such funds…. Ref. 31 CFR 375.3…. All that is required for the GAO to review the handling of government funds is a request by a Congressional committee chair.
    TreasuryDirect confirms two groups of Treasury securities that are auctioned: …1]. for roll-over of maturing securities and …2]. for the creation of book-entry (deficit spending) credit on the books of the FRBNY for the government to spend. Approximately $10 trillion is auctioned annually. Funds for roll-over of securities (approximately $9 trillion) are credited to a government account and disbursed to Primary Dealers (and others) who are tasked for their collection by the FRBNY as fiscal agent for the government. The remaining $1 trillion disappears.
    The purloined funds obviously did not go to the government; there is no identification of such funds in any government financial document. If the funds did go to the government, they would have to be used to buy Treasury securities since they are not used to pay expenses. If they bought securities, it would eliminate any increase in the national debt and it would also eliminate any increase in the value of fiat money created by the Federal Reserve (inflation). This obviously does not happen.
    After months of denial, this writer has concluded the only viable disbursement of the funds is to hidden owners of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors who are also undoubtedly Primary Dealers. The commingling of funds would be easy—and hidden. Since the Charter of the Federal Reserve stipulates profit of the system belongs to the government, such an act would appear to be embezzlement. Ref.   
    All audits of the Federal Reserve are conducted in accordance with guidelines established by the BOG. The relevant accounts have never been audited; they are client accounts, not operational accounts.
    Perhaps the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that voted for Transparency of the Fed Act should talk with the GAO.

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