The boy who cried wolf.

Back in May 2009, Paul Krugman published a column titled "The Big Inflation Scare." In it, he complained about the "inflation fear-mongering" going on at the time. "Suddenly," Krugman wrote, "everyone is talking about inflation. Stern opinion pieces warn that hyperinflation is just around the corner. …But…

A budget in chains.

One of the more controversial provisions of the CARES Act consists of the $454 billion it allows the U.S. Treasury to devote to "backstopping"  (that is, to supplying partial funding for) the Federal Reserve's emergency lending. In a previous post, I argued that these Treasury backstops help…