Ron Paul: New Fed Boss Same as the Old Boss

bernanke yellenThe news that Janet Yellen was nominated to become the next Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System was greeted with joy by financial markets and the financial press. Wall Street saw Yellen’s nomination as a harbinger of continued easy money. Contrast this with the hand-wringing that took place when Larry Summers’ name was still in the running. Pundits worried that Summers would be too cautious, too hawkish on inflation, or too close to big banks.
The reality is that there wouldn’t have been a dime’s worth of difference between Yellen’s and Summers’ monetary policy. No matter who is at the top, the conduct of monetary policy will be largely unchanged: large-scale money printing to bail out big banks. There may be some fiddling around the edges, but any monetary policy changes will be in style only, not in substance.

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From Ron Paul:

Yellen, like Bernanke, Summers, and everyone else within the Fed’s orbit, believes in Keynesian economics. To economists of Yellen’s persuasion, the solution to recession is to stimulate spending by creating more money. Wall Street need not worry about tapering of the Fed’s massive program of quantitative easing under Yellen’s reign. If anything, the Fed’s trillion dollars of yearly money creation may even increase.

What is obvious to most people not captured by the system is that the Fed’s loose monetary policy was the root cause of the current financial crisis. Just like the Great Depression, the stagflation of the 1970s, and every other recession of the past century, the current crisis resulted from the creation of money and credit by the Federal Reserve, which led to unsustainable economic booms.

Rather than allowing the malinvestments and bad debts caused by its money creation to liquidate, the Fed continually tries to prop them up. It pumps more and more money into the system, piling debt on top of debt on top of debt. Yellen will continue along those lines, and she might even end up being Ben Bernanke on steroids.

To Yellen, the booms and bust of the business cycle are random, unforeseen events that take place just because. The possibility that the Fed itself could be responsible for the booms and busts of the business cycle would never enter her head. Nor would such thoughts cross the minds of the hundreds of economists employed by the Fed. They will continue to think the same way they have for decades, interpreting economic data and market performance through the same distorted Keynesian lens, and advocating for the same flawed policies over and over.

As a result, the American people will continue to suffer decreases in the purchasing power of the dollar and a diminished standard of living. The phony recovery we find ourselves in is only due to the Fed’s easy money policies. But the Fed cannot continue to purchase trillions of dollars of assets forever. Quantitative easing must end sometime, and at that point the economy will face the prospect of rising interest rates, mountains of bad debt and malinvested resources, and a Federal Reserve which holds several trillion dollars of worthless bonds.

The future of the US economy with Chairman Yellen at the helm is grim indeed, which provides all the more reason to end our system of central economic planning by getting rid of the Federal Reserve entirely. Ripping off the bandage may hurt some in the short run, but in the long term everyone will be better off. Anyway, most of this pain will be borne by the politicians, big banks, and other special interests who profit from the current system. Ending this current system of crony capitalism and moving to sound money and free markets is the only way to return to economic prosperity and a vibrant middle class.

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  1. I’m all for ending the FRB but the author didn’t recommend a replacement. If the Fed does end will the federal government then be responsible for the money supply? We know that congress has a habit of spending too much so will that be a good idea?

      You are right. The Congress does have a habit of spending, but at least there won’t be interest to pay on their spending. The fact that some foreign entity prints money and issues credit doesn’t mean there is any kind of control on government spending. In fact this entity always encourages the government to spent more. Why? Because they give you kilograms of paper or zeros on the computer, but take back assets-gold in Fort Knox, infrastructure, land (like islands in Greece), and take control of the country even more. That’s why from my perspective it is better to have a monetary system based on commodities which have a finite quantity. You cannot print 1000 thousand tonnes of wheat in your printer and 2 tonnes of copper. That will put a restraint on governments. See back in the day when warriors were a way smarter than today they used to risk their lives for gold. That’s why wars back in the day bankrupted states very quickly. You ran out of gold and that’s the end of your state. And if you did not succeed in you conquest there was no way to replenish you gold supply. Today it takes much longer because of paper fraud. The interesting thing is the entire world now is financing the wars that the globalist conduct with American troops. Even countries that may be attacked in the future today are contributing to this war machine through the bond market. They buy American debt and feed their savings to this conquest machine. In other words they pay for their own enslavement, just like we pay for our own poisoning when we go shopping to a big store.

  2. I am very sad we won’t have Mental Ben to kick around any more. 
    It seems like he’s been around forever.
      Now we’ll have to kick Ol’ Yellen. 
    As much as I would hate to kick a dog, she is going to be a fine target.  I’d much rather poke a sleeping bear.
    Ol’ Yellen will be a FIAT lap dog no doubt.
    Would someone come up with a better name for Janet  Ol’ Yellen will get old  and worn out really fast. 
    Much like our Dollar denominated currency system. 
    Maybe Doc can have a “Name that dog contest”

  3. that appears to be a shit sandwich not a dove sandwich.

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