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Ralph Nader: Letter To Chairman Jerome H. Powell Of The Federal Reserve


Jerome H. Powell
Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
20th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20551

Dear Chairman Powell:

I want you to know the dismay of many consumer advocates at your extreme zero-interest rate policy. Interest rates were already low in the home mortgage area and not likely to change significantly in that industry. On the other hand, you have stripped hundreds of billions of dollars of interest rate income from over 150 million savers in our country. Much of that income would have created more consumer demand in our economy. Interest rates on trillions of dollars in money-market’s and saver’s accounts and banks etc. are heading toward near zero because of the Fed’s actions.

I think, you and other Federal Reserve Board governors need to explain publicly to the American people, why you do not take into account the income needs of these savers in your monetary balancing decisions. You also need to explain that millions of borrowers do not receive much protection from your low-interest rate policies when it comes to unpaid credit card balances, payday loan and rent-to-own rackets, and the federal government charging undergraduate student loan borrowers 4.53% for the 2019-2020 school year. These and other very high interest rates are not regulated to any reasonable degree either at the state or federal level.

I hope you’ve read William Greider’s book Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country. The Fed needs to be far less secretive and far less autocratic. The widespread impression that you have buckled under unprecedented pressure and haranguing from Donald Trump is fortified by my conversations with retired former Fed and Treasury officials. They are horrified that you have not resisted this crude political bludgeoning. This ongoing mockery of the Fed’s alleged independence will not escape the historians.
I look forward to your considered response.

Ralph Nader

P.O. Box 19312
Washington, DC 20005

Tel: 202-387-8030
Email: [email protected]

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Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader is a politician, activist and the author of Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!, a novel. In his career as consumer advocate he founded many organizations including the Center for Study of Responsive Law, the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), the Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, Clean Water Action Project, the Disability Rights Center, the Pension Rights Center, the Project for Corporate Responsibility and The Multinational Monitor (a monthly magazine).

One thought on “Ralph Nader: Letter To Chairman Jerome H. Powell Of The Federal Reserve

  • April 10, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    I agree. Trump dictates, Fed acts–only in the interest of the Gamblers in stocks. at 0% rich can borrow and play the game–go up 1000 points one day & go down 1000 points next day, and make $–just like in a Casino.
    What-else can any of us expect from a life long gambler & liar?


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