I think the difficulty with monetary policy is the nature of the policy itself. We have, over the years gradually, persistently elided [sp?] from a gold standard to a PhD standard. We have moved from central banking to a species of central planning. What our well-intended scholar, monetary policy mandarins are about is the manipulation of the economy, manipulation of interest rates and now, the manipulation of the stock market. You know, they had two mandates confirmed by Congress and they unilaterally have taken up a third, which is the levitation of stock prices.
~Jim Grant, author, Grant's Interest Rate Observer, CNBC's Kudlow Report, March 31, 2011