Congressman Ron Paul appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning,
cramming a mountain of information into a ten minute interview
during which he was given the floor.
The CNBC analysts were so enamored with the Congressman's
analysis that they invited him back to talk for two hours, to
which he quipped, "I don't know if I could stand you guys
for two hours!"
Paul opened with his opinion on the Geithner plan
to increase the regulatory powers of Fed:
"It was terrible because I start with the
idea that regulations won't solve our problem," The Congressman
said. "So no, Washington's only choice is who's going to
be the big regulator? That's not much of a choice for me, but
I certainly don't want to give the Federal Reserve more power."
"The problem is that we have a flawed system,"
The Congressman continued. "We have artificially low interest
rates, we have the lender of last resort, we have this horrendous
moral hazard in our system. Instead of correcting the problems
and changing policy, what we do is we say we can tinker with
the symptoms with regulations, but that even further interferes
with the market forces."
"We need the market to work and we have not
allowed the market to work for many many decades." The
"It's much easier for the Congress to assume
the responsibility of oversight if it's outside the Fed. For
some reason up until recently, the Fed was sacred, you weren't
even allowed to ask questions, let alone get the answers."
Paul stated, referring to his many attempts to prize information
out of Ben Bernanke during Congressional hearings, only to be
met with blanket refusals and denials on behalf of the Fed chairman.
Now, of course, the momentum is in the direction
of even the Fed ought to be transparent, and I think that is
very important." Paul added.
When asked about the progress of HR1207, the Congressman's
bill to audit the Federal Reserve, Paul echoed the recent sentiment
that there have been attempts to water down the legislation:
"At one time they said they would put it
into Barney Franks' bill, it never actually got in there, so
the plan now is to get an audit put into the bill, but it will
be a pseudo audit, it won't amount to much." The Congressman
Paul pointed out that his bill has 309 co-sponsors,
every Republican as well as around 130 Democrats. He also cited
national poll figures indicating 75% of Americans wish for the
Fed to be audited.
"This bill would pass tomorrow if we brought
it up under suspension, but the powers that be, The Fed, is
working frantically, they are editorializing, they have hired
a lobbyist, they do not want us to know what they're doing and
they use all kinds of frivolous arguments while the Congress
is not allowed to know what they're up to." The Congressman
The Congressman pointed out that Congress does
not have enough power of oversight with regards to the Fed when
it comes to activities that impinge upon the lives of every
"You're not allowed to ask the right questions,
you're not allowed to know what kind of arrangements they have
made with a foreign bank, the foreign central banks or a foreign
government, or international financial organizations, or the
detail of the discount window and which companies got their
benefits, so no, we are not really allowed to."
The Congressman also spoke at length regarding
the history of the Fed, and how fractional reserve banking has
negatively impacted the market economy:
"I really like the idea of letting the market
define what backs the currency, make sure there are no fraud
laws, and really look into the matter of whether or not we should
have fractional reserve banking. Yes you have the Fed creating
money out of thin air, but this is magnified by fractional reserve
banking, which is really fraudulent, because all it does is
build financial bubbles, guaranteeing the business cycle and
the collapses as you patch it together. the longer you do that,
the bigger the bubble, and now we're in the midst of the big
"The Fed creates a trillion, in a few months,
it's nine trillion, and that's where the distortions come from."
"Of course, everybody loves it when it's
going up because the price of houses are going up and everything
is happening that seems to please a lot, until the correction
comes. Politicians love it, you can fight wars that you don't
have to pay for, you can run the welfare state that you don't
have to pay for. So if you believe in limited government, you
have to look at monetary policy and decide that you just can't
create money out of thin air. That is the culprit, and you can't
solve that problem by regulations." The Congressman stated.