Transcripts of the monetary policymaking body of the Federal Reserve from 2002–2008.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. My views are actually very consistent with your own. I would support lowering the fed funds rate 50 basis points, and, if it were up to me, I would support doing it right now. The employment report last Friday was weaker than I expected. In conjunction with the likelihood of several quarters of economic growth below potential, the risk that the economy is in, or could be going into, a recession is too high. Continued declines in housing prices and stock prices raise my concern that deteriorating household wealth will constrain consumption more than we anticipate. I am also worried that weaker labor markets are likely to exacerbate problems in the housing market. Should housing prices fall further and foreclosures rise more rapidly as a result of weak labor markets, financial markets may experience even more turmoil than we have experienced to date. Commodity and oil prices have risen, but I expect that the weakening in labor markets will be sufficient to restrain inflation. The downside risks to the economy are significant, and I think we should take aggressive action to mitigate that risk. Thank you.

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