Dear friends,

a recent letter from Ron Paul on the current Fed actions and its true implications.

by Ron Paul | March 31, 2008

These past few weeks have provided an unfortunate opportunity to discuss inflation. The dollar index has reached new all-time lows. The total money supply, M3, as calculated by private sources, is growing at a disturbing 17% rate. The Fed is pumping dollars into the economy at an alarming rate. Just recently the Fed announced new loan auctions totaling $100 billion. That is new money created from thin air. If these money auctions, combined with the bailout of Bear Stearns, continue to be the trend, we are in for some economic stormy weather. The explanation lies in understanding the basics of money, and why it is dangerous to give government and big banks control over it.

First, money is not wealth, in and of itself. You cannot create more wealth simply by creating more money. Wall Street bankers cry out for more liquidity, but what is really needed is more value behind the dollar. But the value, unfortunately, isn’t there.

You see, the Fed creates new money and uses it to purchase securities from banks. Flush with funds, these banks seek to put this money to use. During the Fed’s expansionary period, much of this money went to home loans. Through a combination of federal government inducements to lend to risky borrowers, and the Fed’s supply of easy money, the housing bubble took shape. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were encouraged to purchase and securitize mortgages, while investors, buoyed by implicit government backing, rushed to provide funding. Money that could have been invested in more productive, less risky sectors of the economy was thereby malinvested in subprime mortgage loans.

The implicit guarantee from the Fed is quickly becoming explicit, as those institutions deemed “too big to fail” are bailed out at taxpayer expense. Wall Street made a killing during the housing bubble, reaping record profits. Now that the bubble has burst, these same firms are trying to dump their losses on the taxpayers. This approach requires more money creation, and therefore debasement of all dollars in circulation.

The Federal Reserve, a quasi-government entity, should not be creating money or determining interest rates, as this causes malinvestment and excessive debt to accumulate. Centrally planned, government manipulated economies always fail eventually. The collapse of communism and the failure of socialism should have made this apparent. Even the most educated, well-intentioned central planners cannot plan the market better than the market itself. Those that understand economics best, understand this reality.

In free markets, both success and failure are options. If government interventions prevent businesses, like Bear Stearns, from failing, then it is not truly a free market. As painful as it might be for Wall Street, banks, even big ones, must be allowed to fail.

The end game for this policy of monetary inflation is that the money in your bank account loses purchasing power. So, by keeping failing banks afloat, the Fed punishes those who have lived frugally and saved. The power to create money is a power that should never be granted to government. As we can plainly see today, the Fed has abused this power, and taxpayers are paying the price.

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ok, i said this would happen months ago, see my post from earlier.  the Fed and Federal government will bail out the banks, mortgage companies, bond insurers…who’s next? it appears free markets have been laid to rest. what we see is a nationalisation of the banking industry..aka more central planning. what we see happening is “socialism for the rich”

 so they didnt use the word “taxpayer bailout” instead they used financial engineering as a side step. first, the Fed is a lender of last resort and its main goal is to maintain low inflation and high employment. the recent $200 billion offer to banks  is a transfer of wealth from the poor and middle class to the very wealthy. when the Fed allowed banks to offer mortgage backed securities as collateral and the Fed traded quality treasury notes in essence the Fed took bad worthless debt and gave the banks clean cash. now when the mortgage back securities continue to fail (foreclosures up 60% last quarter), housing market continues to depreciate (13% last 6 months) these bad debts will be worthless and the banks will own the taxpayer back quality treasuries.

 this is how the Fed pulled over a taxpayer bail out.

look at the bear sterns…lender of last resort to now prime lender (your money). they bail out a failed bank…lets not forget how much the average person makes at bear sterns, hundreds of thousands of $$$…top bankers and executive management receiving millions in bonuses. so the Fed bails them out, lends more money to JP Morgan so they can buy it now at a steal of $2.00 a share.

this will quicken at a unprecedented rate…we..you..us…fellow Americans will bail out more than a trillion dollars. FYI: WE CAN NOT AFFORD ANY OF THIS. the dollar will continue to fall and savings of every American will be wiped out. inflation will rise and rise choking us. we will experience a hard recession for many years with inflation first, followed by stagflation. with our purchasing power declining due to a falling dollar and then higher prices and for sure higher taxes I say again we will become surfs to the state.

i urge you to write your congressmen and senators to ask them to repeal the Federal Reserve Act immediately. Join Ron Paul, Peter Schiff, Jim Rogers http://www.cnbc.com/id/23588079 Jim Cramer, and many more.

 something is happening to our economy and country that has never been witnessed before…..we wake up and fight or loose or our prosperity and our freedoms. join us in this great campaign for freedom, prosperity and peace!

Inflation is very much alive. The CPI is a government statistic that is easily manipulated and to often reveals false positives. a great video above with Kudlow and Company with Ron Paul. The big money guys are all for Ron Paul. Pick up the USA Today on November 21, a full page Ron Paul ad will appear.

The following information comes from this great page of The Grandfather Economic Report. It is one of those pages that looks like its has been around since the web first went up! No snazzy design, but solid information. These are the kinds of pages I learned so much from when I first started surfing the web back in 1996!

Without further ado:

A dollar in 1950 will buy only 12 cents worth of goods today, 88% less than before. Inflation in my adult years increased average prices 1,000% or more:

  • example 1: a postage stamp in the 1950s cost 3 cents; today’s cost is 41 cents – 1,266% inflation;
  • example 2: a gallon of 90 Octane full-service gasoline cost 18 cents before; today it is $3.05 for self-service – 1,870 % inflation;
  • example 3: a house in 1959 cost $14,100; today’s median price is $213,000 – 1,400% inflation;
  • example 4: a dental crown used to cost $40; today it’s $1,100 – 2,750% inflation;
  • example 5: an ice cream cone in 1950 cost 5 cents; today its $2.50 – 4,900% inflation;
  • example 6: monthly government Medicare insurance premiums paid by seniors was $5.30 in 1970; its now $93.50 – 1,664% inflation; (and up 70% past 5 years)

example: several generations ago a person worked 1.4 months per year to pay for government; he now works 5 months.

And in the past, one wage-earner families lived well and built savings with minimal debt, many paying off their home and college-educating children without loans. How about today?

Few citizens know that a few years ago government changed how they measure and report inflation, as if that would stop it – – but families know better when they pay their bills for food, medical costs, energy, property taxes, insurance and try to buy a house.

Is inflation a threat to society? Consider this famous quote:

“There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.” Lord John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), renowned British economist.

with Ron Pauls ever growing popularity, some are getting to know Ron Paul for the first time. Even those that have supported him from the beginning may need a reminder of why he entered this race. above video is Ron Pauls speech announcing his intentions to run for President.

Ron Paul did not choose to enter this race to set agendas, gain power or even for  popularity.  He believes this country is not heading in the right direction, we have lost our way. this goes for the people and the government. if nothing is done now to change course and when rough times come, we the people must share the blame. if we continue to put our personal interest and materialism ahead of liberty, in the end we deserve neither.

i send this message to all to please get to know Congressman Paul a little better and begin to understand that big government, taxation, regulation, powerful central banks, managed trade agreements and corporate welfare are unsustainable.

I will end todays message with some warnings. the American way of life that we have been lead to believe is in reality a house of cards that is about to fall. those that study economics now realize that the credit markets that have been feeding our growth and lifestyle are about to crash. banks and hedge funds have been building wealth based on a assumption that there are $600 billion in SIV’s (off balance sheet assets). with a falling dollar, housing market crisis and certain interest rate increases the true value of these SIV’s could very well be less than $300 billion, probably less. These SIV’s are the base of this house of cards that is our lifestyle. once the market realizes their true value, thus making everything else on top (commercial paper, bonds, stocks..etc)  considered worthless. we will see a collapse of the financial system not seen since the great depression.

At this point there will be no winners. either the government along with the Fed bails out everyone with the largest transfer of wealth from the middle class to the rich(banks) or we let the markets take their course of correction. Either way, suffering and sacrifice will be thrown upon every American. We have lived way beyond our means for too long in a warfare-welfare state. The government has managed our lives, behaviors and economy into ruin. It is time to return to our constitutional beginnings.