Management of Perception Economics. A term, coined by Santa himself, to describe the idea that by convincing citizens that all is well, all will actually be well. The Bernank's belief in the "Wealth Effect" is proof of his devotion to MOPE.
Fiscal 2011 U.S. Federal Government outlays: $3.6T. Fiscal 2012 U.S. Federal Government revenue: $2.1T. Total Deficit (need to borrow): $1.5T
Fiscal 2012 U.S. Federal Government outlays: $3.75T. Fiscal 2012 U.S. Federal Government revenue:
$2.1T. Total Deficit (need to borrow): $1.65T
WHAT QE IS "ABOUT":
1) Funding the deficit spending of the U.S. Federal Government
2) Providing free cash for insolvent TBTF/PD banks
3) Funding the deficit spending of the U.S. Federal Government
4) Creating the inflation necessary to service existing debts
5) Funding the deficit spending of the U.S. Federal Government
6) Infusing cash into the Primary Dealers which they, in turn, can use to buy S&P futures and prop up the stock market (see "Wealth Effect" above)
7) Funding the deficit spending of the U.S. Federal Government
Before The Bernank, takes the podium, please take a moment to ponder from where the U.S. government will find its $1,650,000,000,000 needed for next year without continued Quantitative Easing.
1) China? Nope.
2) Japan? Good one.
3) Europe? Mmmm, no.
4) The Middle East? Negative.
5) TBTF banks. Jim Rickards says so. He's fooling himself. $1.65T? From the banks? Hahaha.
Be not afraid, my friends. The Bernank and his willing accomplices/stooges in the media may preen and posture all they want but MOPE cannot win long term. MOPE may get them by for a day or a few weeks but TRUTH shall prevail in the end.
4:25 PM EDT UPDATE:
Never before have I heard The Bernank take so much time discussing individual commodities. He even mentioned wheat and the drought in Western Kansas, for crying out loud! It seems that The Chairman was taking great measures to shift the blame of commodity cost inflation to supply disruptions and global demand and away from Federal Reserve monetary policy.
Why and why now? To me, The Bernank is again trying to buy himself some time. As stated above, money must continue to be created from thin air if the U.S. Federal Government is going to continue to operate. As austerity is not forthcoming, further quantitative easing is the only possible funding solution. By shifting the blame and focus away from the weakening dollar and onto miniscule, specific events, The Bernank can continue to print money while blaming the attendant continuing rise of all dollar-denominated commodities on "transitory" events.
Again, MOPE can buy you time but TRUTH shall prevail. It's unavoidable.