Essay Review of William Greider's The Choice of Wall Street

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Review of William Greider's The Choice of Wall Street “The Choice of Wall Street,” is the title of the first chapter in William Greider’s 1987 book, “Secrets of The Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country.” This chapter is basically the story of how and why Paul Volcker was chosen to be the new Federal Reserve Chairman. It all started in 1979 when President Jimmy Carter took a trip to Camp David with his most trusted advisers, the purpose of which was to decide on the course of action that needed to be taken to regain popular support so that he had a chance to win the upcoming Presidential election. All of his advisers understood that the economy was his most pressing issue. Inflation was incredibly high and all attempts to …show more content…

This occurs, because if The Fed helps out Wall Street they are only helping out the top 10 percent of the population. This is true because these people held 86 percent of the financial wealth according to Greider. By helping out this group The Fed was in effect making it more difficult for the other 90 percent of the people. However, if The Fed only worries about Main Street, Wall Street will be hurt. It may seem quite simple that The Fed should worry more about Main Street than Wall Street. The problem that arises is that Wall Street is where most of the money is and therefore cannot be ignored. Ignoring Wall Street effectively ignores much of the nations wealth and economic growth sources. As can be seen, the line that The Fed must walk between watching out for Wall Street and Main Street is a very important one. These are the reasons that The Fed is shielded so heavily from political influence.

Another point that Greider makes in this chapter pertains to inflation and it’s real and perceived effects on wealth and income. As is stated in the chapter, it is perceived that inflation hurts everyone in the economy. This, however, is not necessarily true. It can be said that inflation hurts those who have assets that are tied to interest rates. These people are hurt greatly when the spread between inflation and the interest rate tightens. This is why during high inflation times many of these people get out of these types of investments and

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