[Emil’s Summary of L. Frank Baum] “I am Oz, the Great and Terrible. Why do you seek me?” They looked again in every part of the room, and then, seeing no one, Dorothy asked, “Where are you?”
“I am everywhere but to the eyes of common mortals I am invisible. I will now seat myself upon my throne, that you may converse with me.”
“We have come to claim our promise, O Oz.”
“What promise?” asked Oz.
“You promised to send me back to Kansas when the Wicked Witch was destroyed.”
“And you promised to give me brains,” said the Scarecrow.
“And you promised to give me a heart,” said the Tin Woodman.
“And y’all promised to give me courage,” said the Southern Lion.
“Dear me, how sudden! Well, come to me tomorrow, for I must have time to think it over.”
“You’ve had plenty of time already!”
“We shan’t wait a day longer!”
“You must keep your promises to us!”
The Lion thought it might be as well to frighten the Wizard, so he gave a large, loud roar, which was so fierce and dreadful that Toto jumped away from him in alarm and tipped over the screen that stood in a corner. As it fell with a crash they looked that way, and the next moment all of them were filled with wonder. For they saw, standing in just the spot the screen had hidden, a little old man, with a bald head and a wrinkled face, who seemed to be as much surprised as they were. Our friends looked at him in surprise and dismay.
“I thought Oz was a great Head,” said Dorothy.
“And I thought Oz was a lovely Lady,” said the Scarecrow.
“And I thought Oz was a courageous Bernanke,” said the Tin Woodman.
“And I thought Oz was the Greenspan Put,” exclaimed the Lion.
“No, you are all wrong,” said the little man meekly. “I have been making believe.”
“Making believe!” cried Dorothy. “Are you not a Great Wizard?”
“Hush, my dear, don’t speak so loud, or you will be overheard–and I should be ruined. I’m supposed to be a Great Wizard.”
“And aren’t you?”
“Not a bit of it, my dear; I’m just a common man. My dear friends, I pray you not to speak of these little things. Think of me, and the terrible trouble I’m in at being found out. No one knows it but you four–and myself. I have fooled everyone so long that I thought I should never be found out.”
“But, I don’t understand,” said Dorothy, in bewilderment. “How was it that you appeared to me as a great Head?”
“That was one of my tricks. Step this way, please, and I will tell you all about it.”
04:30 Credible irresponsibility. They intended to convince you they are monetary maniacs. Boo!
09:26 The Bank of Japan behaved irresponsibly from 1999-2005 and then reviewed the results.
13:31 What’s the difference between 2018’s inflation “symmetry” and 2020’s “average” inflation?
15:43 Why didn’t 2018’s promise of ‘inflation symmetry’ come to pass during 2018-19?
17:45 The Fed’s new, grand strategy is an admission that there was no recovery from 2008.
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