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After rapidly expanding the balance sheet, the Fed may have trouble finding its way back to normal.
The Fed's policies undo much of the economic damage caused by politicians.
The central banker advises lawmakers to make deep but gradual cuts to deficits and debt.
The Federal Reserve's ongoing quantitative easing means the economy will only continue to crawl.
The Federal Reserve may have trouble meeting its new target for unemployment.
Above all, the president will need advisers who can handle delicate congressional negotiations.
Aggressive monetary policy has helped many voters feel a bit better off, whether they realize it or not.
Ben Bernanke is a frequent whipping boy for Tea Partiers, Congressional Republicans, and a lot of ordinary citizens fed up with a flaccid economy. But Bernanke remains very popular on Wall Street.
The attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya and the Federal Reserve's recent announcement of QE3 show how vulnerable the United States is.
Quantitative easing can only be so effective if Congress doesn't adapt policy to fix the economy.