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Ron Paul On Bringing Transparency To The Federal Reserve

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In this oldie but a goodie, Ron Paul hammers home the point of why the Federal Reserve needs to finally be accountable and transparent, despite the desires of Barney Frank, Wall Street, Ben Bernanke and all the current failed system's apparatchicks who will stop at nothing to perpetuate the broken status quo. For regular readers none of this should be news. For everyone else, this 1 hour program is a must watch. Clip courtesy of Fora TV and the Cato Institute.


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Sun, 01/10/2010 - 19:34 | Link to Comment Crab Cake
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The easiest way to bring transparency to the Fed, from one side of the building to the other, is to burn it down.

Fed = Ponzi

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 20:59 | Link to Comment Gordon_Gekko
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Bingo, my friend. And somehow I think ending the Federal Reserve will also end "terrorism" (and the majority of wars that are being allegedly fought against it) in the world as well.

Fiat money = unlimited wars.

Fed = the most corrupt and evil institution in human history

Yes, Evil has a face and it is the Federal Reserve.

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 23:01 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Sun, 01/10/2010 - 23:15 | Link to Comment dark pools of soros
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its almost worth having a military coup as long as they get rid of the Fed - but who's to say congress wont just start the printing press up themselves?

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 00:10 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Mon, 01/11/2010 - 02:17 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Mon, 01/11/2010 - 01:46 | Link to Comment MarketTruth
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The REAL fraud of the Central Banksters

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 09:42 | Link to Comment gossamer
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I agree, Peter Joseph's content regarding the Federal Reserve in his production "Zeitgeist" is outstanding. 

"The Money Masters" by Bill Still is available on Google video and IMO is the most detailed explanation of the history of money. The Federal Reserve is our fourth central bank.  The first 3 were killed, the fourth needs to go as well.  

G. Edward Griffin's "The Creature From Jekyll Island" is also a must read.



Mon, 01/11/2010 - 11:52 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Sun, 01/10/2010 - 19:59 | Link to Comment tom a taxpayer
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Another way to get transparency at the Fed is to investigate and prosecute the holy hell out of the Fed.

For example, the Towns Congressional Investigation into the AIG cover-up at the NY Fed, if done seriously, could led to prosecutions. The really explosive potential of a  Congressional Investigation goes way beyond Geithner to any and all those Fed Reserve people who made the cover-up decisions and executed the cover-up. As Tyler Durden points out in today's post "Cursive Geithner to Hell", an 800 pound-person-of-interest in the investigation should be Goldman Sachs Board member Stephen Friedman who was Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York at the same time. 

"When N.Y. Fed Chairman Stephen Friedman bought stock in the company that he once headed, and where he still serves as a director, he was already in violation of Federal Reserve policy and was hoping for a waiver to permit him to hold his existing multi-million-dollar stock stash and to remain on the Goldman board. The waiver was requested last October by Timothy Geithner, then the president of the N.Y. Fed and now Treasury secretary. Yet, without having received that waiver, Friedman went ahead in December and purchased 37,300 additional shares. With shares he added in January, after the waiver was granted, he ended up with 98,600 shares in Goldman Sachs, worth a total of $13,330,720 at the close of trading on Monday. Friedman was in violation of the Fed's policy because, thanks in part to the urging of Geithner and the N.Y. Fed, Goldman Sachs was allowed to become a bank holding company, making it eligible for government bailout funds (an option that Geithner had denied to Goldman rival Lehman Brothers)."


Another 800 pound-person-of-interest in the investigation of Fed's AIG cover-up should be William Dudley, NY Fed President, and Geithner accomplice at NY Fed.  Geithner argued that Friedman needed to remain chairman of the N.Y. Fed board to find a suitable replacement for Geithner as he moved on to be secretary of the Treasury. Geithner and Friedman insured that William Dudley, former Goldman Sachs executive, got Geithner's job of NY Fed President. Stephen "no conflict of interest" Friedman was chairman of the search committee, and Geithner lobbied the NY Fed to appoint Dudley-do-right-by-Goldman-Sachs as NY Fed President. Friedman chose a fellow former Goldman Sachs exec for the job.

So, the Towns and Frank Congressional Investigation into Fed's AIG cover-up has the potential to blow the lid off the wide ranging criminal activity at the NY Fed. The object here is not just to bring Geithner to justice, the object is to follow the money and crimes and bring the entire criminal enterprise of Wall Street and the Fed to justice. Shock-and Awe mass trials and long prison sentences are a way to clean out the current rat's nest at the Fed. The next best thing to abolishing the Fed is to prosecute the NY Fed and the rest of the Fed criminal enterprise.


Sun, 01/10/2010 - 20:19 | Link to Comment Crab Cake
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"Shock-and Awe mass trials and long prison sentences are a way to clean out the current rat's nest at the Fed. The next best thing to abolishing the Fed is to prosecute the NY Fed and the rest of the Fed criminal enterprise."

You are still deluded if you believe either of these possibilities are in any way probable.  The government, and the jurisprudence system along with it, has been captured by interests other than those of the citizens of this country. 

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 20:05 | Link to Comment RoastingBankers
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waterboard them

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 21:02 | Link to Comment Gordon_Gekko
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Then set the dogs on 'em.

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 20:06 | Link to Comment Argos
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Oh, crap.  Gold just opened up in Asia and went vertical.  I was hoping for  a leg down to buy more.

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 20:20 | Link to Comment SilverIsKing
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When you look back a year or more from now, you'll realize that this has all been a big leg down.  I don't let $15-$20/oz get in my way because I'm thinking long term.

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 20:12 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Sun, 01/10/2010 - 22:15 | Link to Comment Busy-Body
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Read "The Creature from Jekyll Island" (older book - can't remember author) and "Web of Debt" (newer book; author Ellen Brown) and then get back to me on your opinion to retain the Fed in a more honest and "transparent" form.......

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 09:34 | Link to Comment slovester
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The author is G. Edward Griffin and there is a video presentation by him at this URL on the book if you would prefer to watch rather than read:

it is in 12 parts of 7-10 minutes each and very enlightening.

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 20:32 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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The fed needs to be, oh, what's that word, oh yeah, dead.

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 20:33 | Link to Comment Segestan
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What a sham... it's not only the Fed Bank , but the whole Federal system that needs honest transparent policies. The Fed is just a part of the system not THE system. More distraction to hide the real culprits.

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 21:01 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Sun, 01/10/2010 - 21:20 | Link to Comment no cnbc cretin
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Ron is not the answer. He's part of the problem. Sorry...

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 21:45 | Link to Comment Ivanovich
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Care to support your point of view with...oh I don't know, FACTS or something?  Yeah, that might lend credulity.

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 21:31 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Sun, 01/10/2010 - 21:44 | Link to Comment SWRichmond
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PIMCO wants BoJ to go "All-In"

Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Pacific Investment Management Co., which runs the world’s biggest bond fund, said the Bank of Japan may need to consider selling yen or buying long-term government bonds in “unlimited amounts” to combat deflation.

“An ‘all-in’ reflationary policy is what is needed.”

Was there ever any doubt?

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 21:53 | Link to Comment Jay
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Thanks for the video link, Tyler. I had not seen it before. Of particular interest to me was Ron Paul's answer to question 5 which asked how he would back out of the emergency bailout and spending programs initiated by Congress and the Fed. Paul replied that he would open up currency competition and allow Americans to use gold and silver as legal tender. He said that the Federal Reserve notes would ultimately depreciate to worthlessness and then there would already be an alternative in place.


What a beautiful, market-oriented, approach to solving this difficult problem. Props to Congressman Paul, once again!

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 23:24 | Link to Comment dark pools of soros
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the good thing about that is you wont have to be sitting on a ton of gold; just have to have value to trade for gold/silver.  of course anyone sitting on a ton of cash is screwed


would be interesting how the credit cards or other debt try to transfer over your debt to gold - their lobby would be working overtime

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 02:19 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Sun, 01/10/2010 - 22:10 | Link to Comment Dockerman
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Ladies and Gentlemen all

I draw your attention to the exceptional efforts of a real USA / global patriot in Cate Long - in her attempts to bring truth and informed knowledge about the global financial crisis (GFC) to US and other Sovereign nation consumers - informative research data is being gathered daily from all politically empowered agencies and responsible(?) media outlets around the globe and uploaded to the following www sites:

"If a politician can be elected only when (s)he has enough money (i.e. millions of dollars, and for a president hundreds of millions) to run a campaign, then the resulting policies will be dictated by those who donate that money. And since one dollar equals one vote, the grandma from Main Street who ate mac and cheese for a week to donate $10 to Obama has no say, while a financial institution that gave $10 million does.

All political parties partake of the exact same largesse, so claiming that one is to blame and the other is not, is in itself utter nonsense. The system itself is broken. And you can't fix it with a bit more openness here or a few published emails there. You can only fix it by separating politics and business (e.g. "church & state") by taking a big old axe and cruelly cutting clear through the umbilical chords so carefully and profitably attended to on K and Wall Street. Anything else is mere make-believe!. Nobody in Washington really seeks the truth behind all this. Everybody seeks a story that merely makes them look good for their voters".

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Sun, 01/10/2010 - 22:11 | Link to Comment Cursive
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I invite everyone to consider that debt-money is the problem, not fiat money.

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 22:19 | Link to Comment phaesed
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That would require thought independent of the headlines and the masses Cursive. Don't expect that from Americans. This website proves that groupthink is as powerful as ever, even for those seeking to escape the predominant misconceptions. When people don't understand and refuse to spend the time to understand, they'll quickly adopt the viewpoint of someone else who has a majority of the same opinions without truly understanding the differences.


Additionally what you're speaking of is called Chartalism or Circuitism, which focuses on the difference between exogenous and endogenous currency bases. Look it up on wikipedia for more resources.

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 22:29 | Link to Comment Ned Zeppelin
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Earth to phased, do you read me?

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 22:48 | Link to Comment Cursive
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It is important for everyone to understand that private bankers do not have a monopoly on money.  Money can be and has been issued without the aid of private bankers.  The U.S. Treasury issued "Greenbacks" during the Civil War.  If the people, through the U.S. Treasury, controlled the money supply instead of the banking oligarchs, we would have a truer democracy.  As it is now, we cede control of our lives to the private bankers.  It doesn't matter if money is commodity based or fiat, either can be manipulated.  Better that the money supply be controlled directly by an arm of the USG than unelected, private interests.  In any event, the citizens must be mindful of the money supply.

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 02:14 | Link to Comment saturno_v
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Please stop with this Chartalism (or should we better say "Charlatanism") nonsense.

It makes me laugh when I read one of the nuggets of wisdom from the proponents: "If a country doesn't run a fiscal deficit the economy would run out of money"...did Canada ever run out of money??

For every sentence in the Charlatanism theory there is an average of 3 contradictions and 6 idiocies...

By the way, FYI in historical periods when fiat money was not based on debt (and printed directly from the government), inflation went ballistic very rapidly...I cannot even imagine giving the printing press directly to congress...we would be down and done in a couple of months. The intermediation of a CB at least slows the process a bit introducing some (increasingly weak) restraint.

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 10:41 | Link to Comment Cursive
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The intermediation of a CB at least slows the process a bit introducing some (increasingly weak) restraint.

Not at lot of credibility to this statement given the last roughly 100 years of the FBR's stewardship of the money supply.  BTW, I'd be in favor of allowing more than one currency (including gold or silver!), but the USG could require the government's currency for all tax payment.  Care to give specifics about the historical periods when fiat money was not based on debt?

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 10:57 | Link to Comment saturno_v
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"Care to give specifics about the historical periods when fiat money was not based on debt?"


French Assignats or Continentals just to name a couple (counterfeiting in these two particular cases helped a lot too).

The Greenback was very quickly affected by chronic inflation till the Specie Payment Resumption Act of 1874.

Chinese periods of hyperinflation were the authorities just printed currency.

In all the terminal episodes of hyperinflation the government just print currency regardless of debt...Zimbabwe, Bolivia, Weimar Repubblic, Jugoslavia, etc... 

"Not at lot of credibility to this statement given the last roughly 100 years of the FBR's stewardship of the money supply. "


At least we still did not end like Zimbabwe (yet). However, do not get me wrong, I'm not defending the system at all.

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 22:11 | Link to Comment mthomas
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Ron Paul is one of the only politiciansin recent memory that I consider to be a true American hero  (I'm sure there are a few others, I just can't think of em right now) .  He's one of the only politicians who respects the Constitution and everything good that it stood for.  And I think that he is only going to continue to gain in popularity as things get worse for the economy.  


I particularly like how is he in favor of a gold standard and/or at least against the concept of fiat currencies.  And I also saw in the weekend WSJ that another well respected economist, Judy Shelton, criticized Bernanke on several things he said recently, and also suggested the idea of gold-backed Treasury notes.  This is a good summary of Shelton's argument, as well as some other interesting info on gold:

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 23:37 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Why hasn't Congress held formal investigations on Credit Default Swaps , toxic Mortgage Backed Securities , Collateralized Debt Obligations 's and the irreparable systemic destruction they did to America ? I posed the above question to Congressman Denny Rehberg (R) Montana in a public forum in Billings , Mt. this past Saturday night Jan 9,2010. His response;"Speaker Pelosi won't let us talk about that"
Mon, 01/11/2010 - 03:35 | Link to Comment Rick64
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We need a 10-20 million person rally/march on D.C.. A million won't do it anymore. We should be prepared to do it every month if need be. We have to force these politicians to start representing us or get the fuck out. Whether you are Democrat or Republican should be irrelevant, we should unite . Imagine the impact this would have on the morale of the people. Central Banks should not be able to control money supply in any country and especially in the U.S..

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