Man, you gotta feel sorry for the guy: 1) he has to get his ass kicked in front of everyone by (for example) Ron Paul, yet has to play dumb, lie and be subservient to his masters (think about being duct-taped to a chair while someone beats you down, thats what watching that was like) 2) The economy is spending way more than its saving on wars, debts, etc etc, but somehow Bernanke has to turn it into the garden of Eden 3) every decision he makes at least 50% of people are going to call him an idiot. 4) Even if he chooses the PERFECT course of action, we will never know, and at least 50% of the people will say he did it all wrong and is a twit, because way Y would have been far superior. 5) He has to choose between devastating the dollar or devasting his own ass by not following the politicians instructions. And even when he devastates the dollar its going to come back and devastate his own ass down the line, in knock on tape problem. So to summarize, to do bernankes job, must utterly suck so bad.