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Alan Grayson says 'Audit the Fed'

Eighty thousand people have now seen the famous Youtube of Fed Vice Chair Donald Kohn refusing to answer Alan Grayson's questions about where all the money is going. By law he doesn't have to. Despite the fact that they have printed or guaranteed some $2 trillion dollars in the past year, the Fed answers to no one, and no government entity can audit them.

Last month Charles Grassley tried to push a bill through the Senate which called for the Fed to be audited, but Richard Shelby watered it down before it passed. Now there are 165 cosponsors of Ron Paul's Federal Reserve Transparency Act in the House, but 135 of them are Republicans.

Alan Grayson is trying to bring Democrats on board:

The Federal Reserve has refused multiple inquiries from both the House and the Senate to disclose who is receiving trillions of dollars from the central banking system. The Federal Reserve has redacted the central terms of the no-bid contracts it has issued to Wall Street firms like Blackrock and PIMCO, without disclosure required of the Treasury, and is participating in new and exotic programs like the trillion-dollar TALF to leverage the Treasury's balance sheet. With discussions of allocating even more power to the Federal Reserve as the ‘systemic risk regulator' of the credit markets, more oversight over the central bank's operations is clearly necessary.

Why is the administration fighting this? Well, it's no secret that Larry Summers would very much like to take over as Fed Chair when Ben Bernanke's term is up next year. Why would he want that kind of scrutiny? But what Larry Summers wants and what is good for the country may be two different things.


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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher is the founder of Her work has also appeared on The Daily Beat, Common Dreams, AlterNet, The Nation and The American Prospect.

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