Questions for Ben Bernanke
Ben Bernanke will testify before the Joint Economic Committee today and there’s plenty to talk about.
It’s hard to predict the major strategic direction of any hearing, because this depends so much on what committee members decide to pursue, initial reactions by the witness, and – most importantly – the way follow up questions are structured.
There are three main lines of questioning that can be pursued:
First, Bernanke can be pushed on his economic forecast.
The committee may look for daylight between his view and that of Christina Romer, who testified last week.
Second, Bernanke could be asked to expand on his view regarding “downside risks.”
And there is the issue of safeguards to prevent fraud.
See the next blog item to take the poll and vote on the question you'd like to see Bernanke answer.
May 5, 2009; 6:02 AM ET
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