Duringtoday's little CNBC circlejerk shindig, Ben Bernanke, in defense of his disastrous, and now deadly policies, once again confirmed that the (one and only) benefit from QE2 has been to boost stock prices. Oddly enough, there was no mention of surging energy, food and commodity prices. Nor did Liesman ask the Chairman about 43.2 million Americans on foodstamps, just as he did not ask the dictator of the centralized ponzi for his comments on why at last count 50 people in Tunisia were dead protesting, among other, record food prices and cost of living.
From Market Watch:
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday that a controversial $600 billion bond buying plan has contributed to a stronger stock market. "Our policies have contributed to a stronger stock market just as they did in March 2009 when we did the first iteration of this program," Bernanke said at a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. forum on small businesses. "A stronger economy helps small businesses more than larger businesses. Interest rates are higher but that's mostly because the news is better. It has responded to a stronger economy and better expectations." The $600 billion bond buying plan follows a completed effort to buy $1.75 trillion in government bonds and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-backed mortgage securities.
Obviously, none of this is news to anyone who realizes, as Zero Hedge readers have been told since 2009, that the Fed's one and only goal is to push stock prices higher in some fallacious linkage that the stock market is equivalent to the economy. But that's what happens when the person running the formerly free world is an academic historian with absolutely no real world experience.
And just to confirm this observation, we present Trim Tabs latest press release which states that the "Fed’s Quantitative Easing Works Wonders on Stock Market but Does Little for Economic Growth and Employment." Unfortunately it does a whole lot to make people all around the world cold, hungry, and increasingly angry and in increasingly more cases, dead: