running around like my hair’s on fire

It takes a strong man to look at Ben Bernanke’s gentle, bearded face and tell him to piss off. Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, is just such a man.

Lacker’s used every opportunity to let Bernanke and his rotating cast of puppets know that they’re wrong about the stimulus and that they’re imperiling what used to be the Fed’s only mission, controlling inflation. And he’s apparently doing so at substantial risk to his own standing, because while bickering, name-calling and kicking-and-screaming disagreement is all the rage every else in the District of Columbia, dissent does not go over well at the marble Politburo on Constitution Avenue NW. Read more »