Saturday, February 28, 2009

Ron Paul Introduces Bill to Audit the Federal Reserve

February 26,

2009Madame Speaker,


I rise to introduce the Federal Reserve Transparency Act.
Throughout its nearly 100-year history, the Federal Reserve has presided over the near-complete destruction of the United States dollar. Since 1913 the dollar has lost over 95% of its purchasing power, aided and abetted by the Federal Reserve’s loose monetary policy.

How long will we as a Congress stand idly by while hard-working Americans see their savings eaten away by inflation? Only big-spending politicians and politically favored bankers benefit from inflation.Serious discussion of proposals to oversee the Federal Reserve is long overdue. I have been a longtime proponent of more effective oversight and auditing of the Fed, but I was far from the first Congressman to advocate these types of proposals. Esteemed former members of the Banking Committee such as Chairmen Wright Patman and Henry B. Gonzales were outspoken critics of the Fed and its lack of transparency.

Since its inception, the Federal Reserve has always operated in the shadows, without sufficient scrutiny or oversight of its operations. While the conventional excuse is that this is intended to reduce the Fed’s susceptibility to political pressures, the reality is that the Fed acts as a foil for the government. Whenever you question the Fed about the strength of the dollar, they will refer you to the Treasury, and vice versa. The Federal Reserve has, on the one hand, many of the privileges of government agencies, while retaining benefits of private organizations, such as being insulated from Freedom of Information Act requests.

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2 comments:

Brian said...

Right on! Let's start with those currency swaps with South Korea, Japan, et al. That is a travesty waiting to happen. I'm an out of work auditor and I WANT DIBS ON THAT!

Chris Ferrell said...

Right Brian,

Send your resumé to Dr. Paul. LOL!

I think that one of the great mysteries of the 21st century has to be -

What the heck is in the basement and the safes and the filing cabinets of the Fed?

Where's our gold? Do we have any left?

What kind of collateral has the Fed been accepting from the troubled banks?

We're probably never going to find out.