"The Fed was largely responsible for converting what might have been a
garden-variety recession, although perhaps a fairly severe one, into a major catastrophe. Instead of using its powers to offset the depression, it presided over a decline in the quantity of money by one-third from 1929 to 1933 ... Far from the depression being a failure of the free-enterprise system, it was a tragic failure of government."
-- Milton Friedman
(1912-2006) Nobel Prize-winning economist