A Critical View of Bernanke’s Reappointment to the Federal Reserve Board

The re-appointment of Ben Bernanke to the top spot at the Federal Reserve Board has received plaudits from many in the business community. Desmond Lachman, an economist and scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, wonders why. In an article written for, Lachmann notes that the “worst” of the subprime lending excesses occurred under Bernanke’s watch and he was also the key player in the Lehman Brothers debacle that sent the financial services industry into a lockdown. President Obama, in essence, is putting faith in the belief that Mr. Bernanke will get it right the next time, even though we are facing severe economic hazards (e.g., inflation, economic recession) that require new levels of sound judgement.