Is central bank independence gone?

It’s another bail-out of sorts today, although you won’t hear it described as such:

The Treasury Department announced today the initiation of a temporary Supplementary Financing Program at the request of the Federal Reserve. The program will consist of a series of Treasury bills, apart from Treasury’s current borrowing program, which will provide cash for use in the Federal Reserve initiatives.

Here is the link.  How long will it take to win back Fed independence?  There used to be talk that "The Paulson Plan" would centralize various kinds of financial regulation in the Fed.  But, as it turns out, under the "beta" version of the plan, the Fed goes hat in hand to…Paulson.  I guess that’s why they call it The Paulson Plan.


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