By Jeff Cox, CNBC.com Senior Writer NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- While saying "it's a little bit premature to talk about tightening," Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher also believes it's time for the central bank to stand down on any more stimulus. In an interview with CNBC, Fisher said the economy is well on its way to recovery and not in need of any more quantitative easing measures, including an extension of the ongoing Operation Twist debt-buying measures. The comments add to an increasing level of contradictory statements from Fed officials, who are weighing how strong the economic recovery is and what role the central bank should take. "There's so much liquidity in the system," Fisher said. "Why would we add more unless we had a crisis on our hand or something was happening where we're seeing significant slippage in the economy?"
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But Fisher defended the Fed's role, saying its recent decision to define a specific long-term inflation target of 2% was a landmark. As for the doves looking for more quantitative easing , he offered little support either, saying investors need to get used to a market where the Fed does not take such an active role. "A lot of investors, quote unquote, have counted on us to provide the tailwind, rather than do the hard work that one needs to do to just basically ascertain underlying valuation," Fisher said. "I think the easy part for those that just rode on the jet stream of Federal Reserve accommodation is over now. Now they actually have to do the work, to do their analysis." --Written by Jeff Cox at CNBC.