When the conspiracy crackpots are voting Aye, you know to run the other way. Check your history before you start wishing to abolish the fed and return to a gold standard. Check current events before you start asking our legislators to play tug of war with things like prime interest and quantitative easing. The fed isn't the secret cabal the knuckleheads make it out to be. Their actions are typically laid out in the news months ahead of time, and are fairly minor. It is the markets themselves that react wildly to every new scent on the breeze.