Guest Post: The Federal Debt As Criminal Scam, The Federal Reserve As Criminal Syndicate

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds

The Federal Debt As Criminal Scam, The Federal Reserve As Criminal Syndicate

Is the Federal debt a criminal enterprise, enabled by a criminal syndicate? Read on before you pass judgment.

Correspondent Doug laid out a compelling case that the Federal debt is fundamnentally a criminal scam, operated by the criminal syndicate of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve:

The Federal Reserve is a criminal syndicate buying debt that the government eagerly creates and sells for spending money that dumps the debt on us civilians. What perplexes me is that the scam is so simple and all the intellectuals either don’t get it or are handcuffed by mega-corporate media owners.


The scam in simple terms:


1. Uncle Sam borrows money from The Fed, China, oil exporters, Bank of England, etc. by selling Treasury bonds


2. You are responsible for the bonds, i.e. IOUs


3. Uncle Sam collects taxes and pays the bondholders


4. The debt is breaking us; life will not be the same in the years to come


Uncle Sam borrows all its spending money from the non-government Fed and others, and spends only borrowed dollars raised from exchanging bonds for dollars as a debt plus interest on your back.


Uncle Sam collects income taxes and funnels the money to the holders of these criminal Treasury bonds.


The Fed/Treasury is an evil axis defunding you and me: the debt is $14.5 trillion; this is our debt, not the government’s debt. The government does not generally earn money; we do. Therefore every criminal debt certificate (Treasury bond) the Treasury exchanges for cash is a debt on you and me--a promise to pay for which citizens are responsible to pay, IOUs in simple terms. If the government printed the money instead of the criminal Fed, there would be no debt.


Uncle Sam borrows bucks and you become automatically indentured to pay back the bond and pay the vig! How is this not a criminal enterprise? If you go to a loan shark, at least you get to have the money in your hand and can spend it before you have to repay the loan and pay the vig!

Thank you, Doug, for explaining the criminal nature of the Federal Debt and the agencies and Fed that enable and enforce it. As we know, the Federal budget (and the "supplemental appropriations" that add hundreds of billions of dollars in "off-budget" spending) is consolidated. In other words, the government doesn't specify that taxes collected paid for X spending and that the remaining Y spending is paid by borrowing money via selling TReasury bonds, so what spending is "paid by debt" is a politically charged assessment.

What the ballooning debt actually funds depends on the political convictions and agenda of the commentator, along with what constitutes "waste" in Federal spending. Some attribute the Federal deficit/borrowing to Medicare, others to hot wars and the Military-Industrial Complex, and still others to the endless bail-outs of financial Elites.

The common-sense perspective is to compare the circa 2000-01 $2.1 trillion annual Federal budgets of the pre-Global War on Terror (GWOT) and multi-trillion dollar bail-outs of banks/financial Elites with today's $3.8 trillion annual budget (not counting all the political hot-potato spending hidden in "supplemental appropriations" to keep it out of the scrutinized budget). Since inflation was officially low for most of the decade, this vast increase in Federal spending cannot be explained as inflation; adjusted into real dollars (adjusted for inflation), it is still 40% pre-war, pre-bail-out levels.

Yes, Medicare spending is rising at 6%-7% annually, regardless of which political party is in power, and Social Security spending is outsripping the system's tax revenue income. But clearly, a National Security State with few if any meaningful restraints on its spending (no "anti-terrorist" dictatorship shall go unrewarded/unfunded, etc.) or influence has added trillions in spending with little oversight or accountability.

The same can be said of the endless trillions squandered bailing out the banks and related financial Elites, including the quasi-Federal agencies (Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac) that funded the criminal enterprise known as the housing bubble/bust.

If the majority of the additional Federal spending was in fact squandered to boost the revenues, earnings and political influence of Elites, fiefdoms and special interests, then the taxpaying citizenry footing the bill did not receive any measurable benefit from all this additional debt. As Doug observed, the taxpayers are in effect borrowing vast sums from the loan sharks and not even getting to spend the money on themselves: the money was squandered on Elites, supposedly on behalf of the taxpayers, who must pay interest (i.e. the vig, "vigorish") on the fast-rising debt.

As Doug asked: how is this not a criminal enterprise?

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Pladizow's picture

This will be the way it is - until complete collapse!

Oh regional Indian's picture

How many times since 1913 will this crap be regurgitated. Speech upon speech by Lindbergh, McFadden et. al..... so long known.

Oh, and of course the good Dr. Paul...... talk talk talk. 

Talking us into death by distraction, while the larger issues flutter in the wind like a frayed (but gold fringed mind yuh) flag.

It's all a huge lie, a construct. Only relentless self-education and the willingness to absorb bitter truth will open any eyes.

Could any of this be True? Do the Research...


Kelley's picture

One reason for no action is that the problem has never been expressed in simple enough terms. The average person simply doesn't understand the problem. Here is my take on it:

If the Fed makes $100, but we taxpayers owe them $101.00 in return, where do we get the extra dollar to repay them? From the Fed?? Yes, from the Fed because there are no dollars except for those produced by the Fed.

But then we would owe them interest on that dollar, too!

So the Fed lends us a second $100. We take a dollar from that hundred and pay the interest, leaving us with $99. But owe $101!

So the Fed lends us a third $100. We take two dollars from the hundred to pay the interest, leaving us with $98. But we owe $101!

This cycle continues with ever increasing loss of our spending power because a higher portion of our money is needed to pay the interest. 

It is impossible for us to become debt free because every dollar we receive comes with interest owed. In fact our debt grows.

Meanwhile, the private bankers who create the federal reserve notes like cotton candy see themselves becoming richer and richer. 

It is a Ponzi scheme that started 98 years ago. We are just now seeing the folly of the arrangement.

This needs to be taught to everry student in school along with an explanation that when Congress creates the money there is no debt. We can vote them out of office, too, if they print too much or too little whereas we have no say over the Fed's actions.

mvsjcl's picture

Paying interest is known as asset stripping.

g speed's picture

collecting that interest is known as usury

Popo's picture

"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government"

-- The Delcaration of Independence

ljag's picture

Hmmmmmm. I thought the Treasury printed the money (except for QE1,2) and the Fed loans it back to the gov't. In 1913 we found out we were to dumb to manage the money so we allowed the bankers (aka Fed) to 'manage' it .......for a fee. Am I missing something here?

AldousHuxley's picture

What is worse than Fed at the printer is politicians at the printer. Currently, Fed is politicized already as Fed prints money for Treasury using primary dealers as conduit.

bonds =  terms of bondage until you pay off the terms to acquire freedom, except the terms are written by banksters and politicians who own your labor.


Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez's picture

The fed and politicians are both owned by the corporate fascist state.  Same lipstick, different pigs.

PAUL LEO FASO's picture

If you really want something besides talk, try putting this into action;

Pegasus Muse's picture



Maybe we need to have a party too.    


Time For Europe’s Bond-Burning Party

Jeff Nielson


Gandalf6900's picture

and here you are wrong my friend...not until complete collapse, its too much of a nice game for them win win, why should they stop since the burden is on us,


this will be the way it is - for as long as we allow it

Spirit Of Truth's picture

Indeed, the system isn't tending toward "general equiblirium" in the long-run.  It's tending toward self-destruction in the long-run:

The "Money Masters" time is almost up IMHO:

traderjoe's picture

Let's add one more critical element to the scam: under fractional reserve banking - the commercial banks get to create money out of thin air. See Modern Monetary Mechanics. Private corporations create the money and then lend it at interest to the sovereign.

The interest is the grift, debt-slavery of the people the goal.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

The interest is the grift, debt-slavery of the people the goal.

That's why CHS correspondent Doug is wrong when he states that, "this is our debt, not the government’s debt."

Actually, it is the government's debt. The fuckers in the White House and on Capitol Hill are the ones who've incurred the debt and used it to keep the nation under their collective thumb, and the slithering reptilian bankers were all too happy to go along with the plan.

If that's not odious debt, I don't know what is. Go get the money from the crooks that engineered this scam (and their families and next of kin).'s picture

Yes, and my credit card bill is a criminal scam, and my wife is in a criminal syndicate!

PicassoInActions's picture

Everything is legal till you get caught.

THey have not been caught yet ( legaly)

CH1's picture

Everything is legal if you're the ruler.

"Breaking a law" is merely "necessity."

Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez's picture

"All laws repugnant to the constitution are null and void." 

Marbury v. Madison    1803

Henry Chinaski's picture

The US cannot sustain a global military empire along with a comprehensive welfare/police state.  Regardless of who is President, this will unwind.  The problems that Ron Paul warned against during his 35 years as a statesman are now in the forefront of the national debate.  Perhaps Ron Paul can help roll back government before it collapses under its own weight.

trav7777's picture

yes, and the increasing scarcity of oil makes long distance projection much more difficult.

The world is going to get a lot larger

FeralSerf's picture

What scarcity of oil?  I haven't had any problem getting any fuel either in North America or Europe and I haven't noticed anyone else being turned away.  There's only a scarcity of of $50/bbl oil.  There's plenty of $100/bbl oil.

As drilling technology improves, one can expect that oil won't be rising much faster than the real inflation rate for the foreseeable future at least.  Why not compare oil to gold for the last 50 years or so?  

DaveyJones's picture

Amazing how all those oil experts line up with you. Gold is a value depository not a depleting energy source that is the foundation of the world's economy. You can throw all the dream technology you want at the problem but the price will continue to go up, the supply will go down, and this debt based economy will fold.   

Dr. Acula's picture

>the price will continue to go up

Agreed - oil will rise in price when measured in clownbux. But it hasn't changed in 60 years compared to real stores of value, i.e. gold.

>this debt based economy will fold.   

History shows that fiat currencies always collapse. Nothing to do with oil.

DaveyJones's picture

As long as we are talking "the real price," tell me how many barrels of oil it takes to extract one today compared to one hundred years ago. Is EROEI not a real price?

Fiat currencies do always collapse but are you suggesting that being one of the most oil dependent countries who produce 6 units but consume 19 units daily and who finances endless (and unproductive) wars for these resources (which is also nothing new) is not contributing to our debt and decline ?   

Dr. Acula's picture


You are quite right. There is no oil crisis. This is objectively true and indisputable as reflected by the market data.

What we have here is a yearning for manufactured crises and socialistic interventions to help "save" us. Much is to be blamed on self-aggrandizing engineer-types who have only the dimmest conception of economics and self-organized systems.'s picture

Ron Paul is a clueless dope. People who praise Ron Paul are brainless sheep. This ought to clear it.

Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez's picture

I guess that makes me a brainless sheep you "classless" turkey!

DeeDeeTwo's picture

Brainless sheep who hoard gold at exhorbitant prices... until the Government limits gold ownership... and starts putting you clowns in jail. It's the Medieval Serf Wealth Strategy, baby, how retro.

vast-dom's picture

Title says it all: Criminal Ponzi Porn Culture.

RemiG2010's picture

OK. I have just called  1-800-SEC-0330 . They said, they cannot take my complaint since they are too busy shreding documents.

TruthInSunshine's picture

You have to email them what you want them to review, preferably with the email title:

Horny midget slut & barn yard animals frolic

Grinder74's picture

But there's porn involved. Isn't that their sweet spot (pun intended)?

Little John's picture

"Rich men write their books of laws for poor men to defend

 but true law's only written in the hearts of honest men.

(from a song I heard once)

john39's picture

part of the problem is the total lack of transparency....  these are real people behind the scam, not faceless institutions....  who owns the fed?  who owns the largest corporations?  all the same group of people overlapping.  they are your criminals.  this ends when they are brought to justice.

Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez's picture

Best Guess Fed ownership:


The top 4 banks:  B of A, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup & Wells Fargo-Wachovia control roughly 54% of the stock of the Federal Reserve Bank.  The top 10 banks, including Goldman Sachs, HSBC and the Bank of New York control roughly 70% of the stock.

trentusa's picture
Who Owns The Federal Reserve? The Fed is privately owned. Its shareholders are private banks
terryfuckwit's picture

John the single word "transparency" says an incredible amount about the problem. If capitalism is to enjoy any future whatsoever post collapse this word will be singularly at the top of everyone's agenda. Acedemic's in all discipline's now realize universally that transparent open source technologies succeed where closed and secretive research fails.. Financial invention and innovation is entirely black box and intentionally so. They would like to say it is black box because ordinary joe could not possibly understand the complexity.. when the real reason is to enable black box accounting and hide the simple ponzi nature of the scam.. in a dictionary of new financial technobable used profusely by my friends on ZH.
We have the tools and the acedemic minds to implement and create a fantastic streamlined transparent financial world..Unfortunately it will not happen until the old one destroys itself IMHO

bill1102inf's picture

Default and start over. Thats all that is going to happen.  

baby_BLYTHE's picture

of course, the FED and government know it is an impossibility to extract tax revenue in a deflationary environment. That is why it will be QE?

The way I see it now, this Buffett tax will be passed as a way to control the double-digit inflation QE 3 will produce (of course it will not work to stem any of it off meaningfully). I don't see QE 3 till early 2012 which will coincide with the expiration of the Bush taxcuts and the implementation of the new Buffett tax. Good luck to our central planners.

drbill's picture

How is this news to regular Zero Hedge readers?

Oh regional Indian's picture

Perhaps ZH is always looking for a larger, un-exposed audience?


JW n FL's picture



This is Un-American Talk!

The Job Creators need those dollars..

The Job Creators are doing God's Work with the Transaction Fees collected on the Trillion's in Debt!

The Job Creators need their share of dividends from the Federal Reserve Bank (which they own) to go along with the Transaction Fees to continue doing God's Work!

Job Creators know what you Sheepish Consumers (who have been maxed out by the system) Don't know! it is very expensive doing God's Work!

Have a Heart! Vote for Austerity! Vote for Tax Cuts for the Job Creators!

After 2 years and $30 Trillion Dollars they still have to lay people off to show a bottom line gain to ensure the Bonuses get passed around at the top!

That Hurts! Not being able to make lots of money and cut jobs.. call it a loss of 50% come Bonus Time!

and without HUGE Bonuses how do you expect the Dumb Money to come back to the markets? it is hard to put on a happy / feel good show when your Bonuses are half as big as they could be!

Thank God for the Job Creators and our Service Economy!

For those of you that are now Jobless! You took one for the team so that Bonus monies could flow to the top! God needs you to suffer so the Top can look like they are profitable! Be Proud of your new found poverty! and no worries! More Austerity is coming! All so that God's Work can continue!

If you cannot tell the difference between God's Work and Corporate Bonuses.. neither can I, you are not alone!!


Henry Chinaski's picture

God's Work?  While I appreciate sarcasm, this is clearly the work of the Other Guy.

Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez's picture

"God moves in mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps on the sea and rides upon the storm."

 - William Cowper 

espirit's picture

The ponzi is believing that medicare and SS will still be there in the immediate future.  Take that away, and TPTB crime syndicate no longer have any carrots left to dangle.

I say bring it on!

Grinder74's picture

You have been reported to AttackWatch for using the banned word "ponzi" when referring in any way to our great benefactor.

wombats's picture

Nothing to see here...move on.

jmc8888's picture

Why utter credit, when you can borrow it? (we should alway indebt ourselves instead of create it out of thin air ourselves!  /sarcasm off)

American Credit System, the federal gov't for real projects, not EVERYTHING, can emit the credit.  It doesn't need to borrow it.

Regular taxes, excise, tariffs, cover the rest. 


The actual physical economy portion of our economy...the big projects that kickstart this...from which all other real private business can hook onto, DOES NOT NEED TO BE BORROWED.  It can be emitted.

The federal reserve is a scam.  It forces us to borrow to do everything.  Either we borrow and do something, or we don't borrow and things collapse.  Talk about stick a king dong dildo in my ass or mouth choice.  Throw away the dildo.  It's not necessary.

Of course we like the dildo in our ass and mouth at the SAME TIME..because we now today borrow and STILL do NOTHING.

Emit credit for the worthwhile projects, and there are a ton of them with decades/centuries of payoff once completed.

Monetarism is not conducive for the physical economy.  The American Credit System is. 

Of course people still borrow from banks.  They're just not the only game in town regarding everything that is done in this country. 

Does mag-lev funds have to be borrowed from banks? NO

Does fusion funds? No

NAWAPA funds? No

Space program (all facets of NASA)? No

Other worthwhile projects that people say can't be 'borrowed'...NO...because it WON'T be borrowed.


If you think this is inflationary, you are a fool.  When you create wealth, supply, so on and so forth, you increase the amount of goods those dollars are attached too.  Also the credit emission in many cases can be 'retired' through paying off the debt.  (you see since it isn't money flowing into a can be RETIRED...not just funneled into another sub prime loan)

We don't need the scam.  We need to end the scams, the frauds, our belief in monetary dogmatic bullshit that do nothing but limit our reality based on nothing.


American Credit System

Reject ALL FORMS of fucktard Monetarism.


Gandalf6900's picture

excuse me I'm gonna be sick