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The Case for Auditing the Fed Is Obvious

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posted on Apr, 27 2010 @ 08:23 PM
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Recently, the Federal Reserve has significantly altered the procedures and goals that it had followed for decades. It has more than doubled its balance sheet, paid interest to banks on reserves held as deposits with the Fed, made decisions about which institutions to prop up and which should be allowed to fail, invested in assets that expose taxpayers to large losses, and raised questions about how it will avoid inflation despite an unprecedented increase in the monetary base.

We should document why the Fed took each step, what the expected results were, and whether those results were achieved. What is surprising is not that many congressional colleagues support Rep. Ron Paul's (R-TX) bill calling for an audit of the Fed. Remarkably, there is significant opposition to such oversight, and the political prospects for undertaking such an audit are relatively bleak.

This paper has three main sections. The first section looks at opposition to the audit. Although audit opponents express concern over keeping the monetary authority insulated from political pressure to inflate, one could argue that the larger threat to Fed independence comes from its departure from standard operating procedures. The second section looks at the processes on which an audit should focus. How did Fed officials undertake to determine whether this was primarily a liquidity crisis or primarily a solvency crisis? The third section looks at the outcomes on which an audit should focus. The profit or loss of the Fed's investments would provide a very helpful indicator of whether the Fed's actions served the economy as a whole or merely transferred wealth from ordinary taxpayers to bank shareholders.




posted on Apr, 28 2010 @ 12:39 AM
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well,, his bill had 319 co-sponsors,, and passed the house,,,,, even though mel watt,,, biggest donor bank of amercia,,, tried to water it down and totally derail it,,, ron paul succeeded

and dodd has conveniently left the amendment out of the wall st reform bill
go figure

most don't understand the fed,,,, or that wall st corruption begins with the fed and it's printing press

no one understands fractional reserve banking either,,, aka you deposit 9 bucks and a bank can make a $90 loan

that banks are borrowing at zero % interest and then relend at 5-7%
what a racket,,,, and then add in some gambling on the side
big money

that a 1913 dollar, inception of the fed res. in todays dollars is worth 13 cents

that since 1913 almost every 9 years a bubble of some sort has occured,,,, the very thing the fed was supposed to negate

but i'm probably not telling you anything you don't already know

but when will main st catch on??? i'm afraid never,,, or it will be to late when they do



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