Did Rick Perry just threaten Ben Bernanke?
Texas Republican aims a very serious word at Fed chairman
Yes, it's political silly season.
But, campaigning in Iowa, Texas governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry has just said something shocking.
He's unleashed the "T" word, and I don't mean taxes: treason. Perry aimed his odd accustion-meets-threat at Fed chairman Ben Bernanke.
“If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what you all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas,” Perry drawled. “Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous – or treasonous in my opinion.”
Here's the video clip, in which Perry seems to be referring to the Fed's strategy of quantitative easing:
No matter your political persuasion, treason a serious accusation, especially when aimed at the brainy chairman of an independent economic institution that has the primary job of keeping inflation under control and boosting U.S. employment (not to mention regulating banks, U.S. money supply, and other important matters).
Reaction to Perry's remarks has been swift.
Tony Fratto, a Treasury official under the Bush administration, tweeted the following: "Gov. Perry's comments about Chmn. Bernanke are inappropriate and unpresidential."
Here's how the Fed states its mission:
Treason does not appear in the above, by the way.
This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.