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Is the Federal Reserve Behind the European Bailout? Audit the Fed!! [UPDATED with video]

Posted by Larry Doyle on May 10, 2010 12:52 PM |

Is the American taxpayer ultimately bailing out the European Union? Far fetched? Don’t be so sure.

While the focus of the European bailout has been on the European Central Bank, the European Union, and the IMF, little attention is being given to swap lines which were reopened between the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank.

The ECB has steadfastly fought the idea of breeching the principles which formed the European common currency (the Euro) in order to fashion a bailout for the EU. Did the ECB crater to political pressure by the EU? Or, did the risks of the bailout shift from the ECB to another large central bank? Such as? The Federal Reserve!

Adding fuel to this fire is the fact that the Fed reopened swap lines with the ECB and other central banks just yesterday. The Wall Street Journal reports, Fed’s Swap Decision Could Ratchet Up Political Pressure:

The U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision to reopen swap lines with the European Central Bank and central banks in Japan, Switzerland, England and Canada puts it in a delicate political position.

The U.S. Congress is in the midst of rewriting a financial regulatory overhaul that could rein in the Fed amid sharp criticism of its actions before and during the financial crisis. The overseas lending program it reopened Sunday in response to pleas from Europe has been among the programs lawmakers have criticized, with some suggesting it is bailing out foreign banks and other saying the Fed is too secretive about details.

Is the American taxpayer ultimately bailing out the EU? While the German populace is livid at the idea of providing bailout funds for the wastefulness and fiscal follies in other EU countries, has the wool just been pulled over the American public’s eyes?

Will the America public ever learn what is going on here?

Audit the Fed!!!

UPDATE: Hat tip to loyal Sense on Cents reader Matt for providing the following video from last summer:


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