Bernanke: Recession Could End In '09

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says America's recession "probably" will end this year if the government succeeds in bolstering the banking system.

Appearing on CBS' "60 Minutes," Bernanke seemed to express a bit more optimism this could be done.

Still, Bernanke stresses the prospects for the recession ending this year and a recovery taking root next year hinge on a difficult task: getting banks to lend more freely again and getting the financial markets to work more normally.

Bernanke says -- quote --"We've seen some progress in the financial markets, absolutely." But he adds "until we get that stabilized and working normally, we're not going to see recovery."

He says the government is working on a plan that he thinks will stabilize the financial system.

But Bernanke says even if the recession ends this year, the unemployment rate will keep climbing past the current 8.1 percent.

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  • by Jeff Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 15, 2009 at 09:38 PM
    Yeah, in his wildest dreams. The federal government getting more control over the financial system is the wrong way to go. The government is already in debt up to it's eyeballs. Banks don't need to lend more money to those who already cannot pay their debts. That is like pouring water on someone who is drowning. Wake up, America. The President, Congress, or the Federal Reserve will not restore the nation's economy by using the same tactic that got us here. We the People must take the reins and resolve our own problems. I for one refuse to participate in this recession and I invite you will join me.
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