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RIP Paul Volcker

Post by Ad Orientem » Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:06 pm

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He was the Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1979 to 1987 and is remembered chiefly as the man who took the heroic (and brutal) steps required to break the high inflation that had dogged the country through the 1970's and early 80's. He gained a reputation for being the guy who said what needed to be said and did what needed to be done even if it was deeply unpopular. And jacking short term interest rates deep into double digit territory, thereby all but wiping out credit markets and plunging the country into two recessions (that could probably be classified as a minor depression) in order to arrest inflation was hugely controversial. But it worked and history has generally been kind to Volcker.

A staunch advocate of fiscal conservatism; he had a personal aversion to debt and spending that was legendary. He was so frugal that he was still driving an old Nash Rambler when the driver's seat collapsed. Rather than break down and buy a new car (or even a newer used one), he jammed a small chair under the driver's seat to prop it up and continued to drive the Nash for years. His only extravagance was his love of cigars, though even there he stuck to the cheap generic brands commonly found behind the checkout counter in gas stations and convenience stores.

Mr. Volcker died at the age of 92.
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Re: RIP Paul Volcker

Post by pugchief » Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:45 pm

92.
Imagine how long he might have lived if he didn't smoke.

RIP indeed.
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Re: RIP Paul Volcker

Post by Ad Orientem » Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:09 pm

pugchief wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:45 pm
92.
Imagine how long he might have lived if he didn't smoke.

RIP indeed.

I think the big three were all cigar men, Volcker, Greenspan and Bernanke. Greenspan is still around and smoking like a chimney.
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Re: RIP Paul Volcker

Post by sophie » Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:13 am

Dualstow, thanks for the heads up in your signature line! I go away to a conference for a few days and look what happens. RIP Paul Volcker, indeed.

He and my father played together on their high school chess team, in Teaneck, New Jersey. It was kind of fun to hear my dad to explain how Paul Volcker was the one person he couldn't consistently win against.
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Re: RIP Paul Volcker

Post by dualstow » Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:20 pm

sophie wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:13 am
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(Volcker) and my father played together on their high school chess team, in Teaneck, New Jersey. It was kind of fun to hear my dad to explain how Paul Volcker was the one person he couldn't consistently win against.

Wow! Cool!
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Re: RIP Paul Volcker

Post by dualstow » Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:24 pm

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pugchief wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:45 pm
92.
Imagine how long he might have lived if he didn't smoke.

RIP indeed.
Not bad for a smoker, drinker
Not bad for a smoker, drinker
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Re: RIP Paul Volcker

Post by Pet Hog » Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:39 pm

Imagine how long George Burns could have lived if he wasn't a smoker!
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Re: RIP Paul Volcker

Post by dualstow » Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:43 pm

Pet Hog wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:39 pm
Imagine how long George Burns could have lived if he wasn't a smoker!
Ans.: too long. O0
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Re: RIP Paul Volcker

Post by Maddy » Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:46 am

He was a Trilateralist, apparently. Somehow that doesn't quite fit with the image of a rickety driver's seat propped up by an apple box.
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