mckinley hobart sound money buttonOver the last 100 years, Americans have completely lost control of their Constitutional money; to the point where they must pay a tax to essentially make change. Imagine breaking a twenty dollar bill and only getting a ten and a five back, with the other five going to the government. This is the potential problem one encounters when attempting to spend gold or silver money. It’s no accident. The laws are specifically set up to force everyone to use fiat currencies.
S&P’s downgrading of US debt has all the news, but is this crises worse than the 2008/2009 Global Financial Crisis? Possibly not, but gold move to the upside suggests a real crisis nonetheless.
Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul recently introduced legislation calling for the federal government to cancel the $1.6 trillion debt held by the Federal Reserve. Such a move creates legal challenges, one of which would be that the Fed would openly acknowledge that it is a private entity and that fedgov has no authority confiscate its assets. (Fedgov had no “authority” to call in gold in 1933, but legal tests to that stood up.)
If you’ve paid any attention to the inflation vs. deflation debate you’ve noticed that it is fairly convoluted. I’ve read the arguments in great detail and have come to the conclusion that it’s mostly a problem of semantics. Strictly speaking, deflation is a decrease in the supply of money and credit. As bad loans are written off, the supply of credit, which represents the lion’s share of the money supply, decreases.
Clearly a reckless Federal government is good for gold – or more accurately, our collective can kickers in Washington DC are very bad for the dollar. Contrary to the disinformation campaign of Wall Street, and their Federal Reserve sponsored economists, gold is not a bubble. Central banks are now net buyers of gold, and not because of tradition, as Mr. Bernanke would have you believe.
Perhaps the most prevalent mental images of the Great Depression of the 1930s are the photos of the soup lines and breadlines where the “down and out,” those with absolutely no hope, stood waiting meals. Today, however, soup lines are a thing of the past, and they will not be evidence of just how bad the economy is.
One of Gerald Celente’s predictions has been for the rise of a “progressive libertarian” movement in the United States; wherein members of both the left and the right, who have been abandoned by Washington DC, join forces. Robin Koerner, a Democrat, and Obama voter in 2008, has written a superb piece for the Huffington Post, which seems to have struck a chord with alienated Democrats. He has put forth a particularly convincing argument that, Democrats who truly believe in the cause of peace and personal liberty, are compelled to vote for Ron Paul in 2012.
Ron Paul doesn’t have a lot of friends at the US Treasury, particularly now that he is the Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy. His relatively high profile hearings regarding the US gold reserves…
Perhaps you’ve seen the stories this week about the $6.6 billion in one hundred dollar bills that the US Government managed to “lose” in Iraq back in 2003-4. Apparently, as part of the Iraqi reconstruction effort, plane loads (C-130 Hercules to be exact) of palettes containing shrink wrapped 100 dollar bills were flown in. $22 billion in all. As the Pentagon is attempting to close the books on the operation this week, it was revealed that some $6.6 billion cannot be accounted for.
Recently, The New York Sun posted a response by Ron Paul to the question of whether the US should sell its gold to pay its debt. His typically principled answer was that it would be “a good and moral decision. An individual would have to do the same.” What followed was an outpouring of protestations from proponents of both fiat currencies and sound money alike.