WASHINGTON, D.C. Faced with the problem of deflating a bubble of its own creation, the Federal Reserve today announced that it will suspend a $85 billion-a-month bond-buying program and shift its focus to purchases of records by singer Gary U.S. Bonds.
Bernanke: “We look at three fundamental indicators: ‘New Orleans,’ ‘Quarter to Three’ and ‘This Little Girl.’”
“Over the long term, records by Mr. Bonds have held their value against a basket of international currencies including the Euro, the Chinese yuan and the Freedonian gldorsk,” said Diane Nirks, chief economist at Innisfree Securities. “A mint condition copy of ‘New Orleans’ purchased for $1 in 1960 is now worth $12, while a dollar is still worth only a dollar for some reason.”
Gary U.S. Bonds: Still your best investment
Bonds, formerly Gary (U.S.) Bonds, is an American rhythm ‘n blues and rock ‘n roll singer. He had the parentheses removed from his name in the 1980s in a painful punctuation surgery that left him unable to do the Twist. Long-term U.S. debt securities were named after him in 1961 by John F. Kennedy after a swinging White House party at which the president ended up in bed with Angie Dickinson, Marilyn Monroe and poet Robert Frost.
Under the revised program, the Federal Reserve would purchase collectible 45 rpm records by Bonds rather than direct obligations of the federal government. “It is time that the United States returned to fundamentals,” said Ma Delun, a deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China. “I don’t care about price or yield on U.S. bonds–I want a good beat you can dance to.”
The Federal Reserve has turned to rhythm ‘n blues to address monetary dislocations in the past, tapping a short-term line of credit with Clyde McPhatter in 1953 for liquidity from his mega-hit “Money Honey.” “Mamie and I very much appreciated the gift of rhythm that you have given us,” President Eisenhower said in a handwritten thank you note to McPhatter. “Our Victrola only plays 33 1/3 records, however, so I’m not sure we were poppin’ that thang exactly as you intended.”
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