While deflecting some Red-State attacks:
"The Fed did our part;
It's on Congress to start
To simplify filing one's tax."
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke addressed the Congressional Joint Economic Committee on Tuesday, and told them that they and their colleagues must work together with the White House to renew the "close to faltering" American economy. His suggested Congressional to-do list includes finding a permanent solution for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; easing mortgage refinancing while enabling banks to rent out foreclosed properties; and simplifying the US tax code. At the same time, he dismissed the ever-more-frequently heard Republican criticism that, by keeping interest rates low, the Fed is enabling federal budget deficits. "I don't think that's a valid point," retorted the Chairman.