Let’s Terminate the Federal Reserve
by JBS President Emeritus John F. McManus
The Federal Reserve came to life in 1913 through an act of Congress. At the time of its creation, U.S. paper currency (issued by the Treasury Department) stated that all paper money could be redeemed in precious metal. Over the course of several decades, issuance of currency shifted from the Treasury Department to the Federal Reserve and the promise to redeem paper currency for gold or silver disappeared.
The U.S. dollar, known widely to be “good as gold” when the Fed was born, was worth 100 cents. Today, it’s worth is less than two cents. Where that value went is something the American people have a right to know. But, today, the Fed’s history and its monetary manipulations aren’t well enough known to get answers to many questions about how it operates.
Mostly through the efforts of two men needed attention is being drawn to the Fed’s stranglehold over our nation’s monetary system. The two are G. Edward Griffin, who authored the blockbuster book The Creature From Jekyll Island and Ron Paul, the retired congressman from Texas. The Griffin book traces the history of the Fed from its conception at a secret meeting held at Jekyll Island, Georgia, to its gradual yet, largely hidden acquisition of power over our nation’s economic life.
While serving in Congress, Ron Paul sought for years to have Congress audit the organization. In its more than a century of operation, no such audit has ever been conducted. Though retired, Paul’s efforts to have fellow House members require such a sensible examination continue. And they seem poised to achieve some success.
But still there will be resistance to these credited efforts. Fed Chairman Janet Yellen doesn’t want the Fed audited. She claims a need to have it operate independently with no outside scrutiny. Former Treasury Secretary (1995-1999) and current co-chairman of the elitist Council on Foreign Relations, Robert Rubin also wants the Fed to remain independent. He maintains that politicization of the Fed would be harmful and the choices of those who lead it should not be changed.
A short column such as this one can only touch on the harm done by the Fed. But let us at least point to an article appearing in the January 1993 issue of National Geographic magazine. NG Assistant Editor Peter White visited the Fed and was told by one of its unnamed officials that whenever the Fed buys U.S. Treasury bills (IOUs), it does so with money that “didn’t exist before.” “We created it,” says the Fed official, while admitting freely that there is no limit on such a practice except “the good judgment” of Fed officials.
Fed transactions of this kind are carried out repeatedly. Each new creation of money acquires its value by watering down (stealing!) the worth of all existing money. That happens to be what inflation truly is. Whenever a counterfeiter “creates” money, he is chased and, when caught, suffers punishment for doing what the Fed repeatedly does. If you wonder why prices are rising for homes, autos, groceries, etc., an answer has just been supplied. The price you pay simply reflects the worth of the increasingly valueless money you use.
Right now, bills have been introduced in Congress calling for the Fed to be audited. In the House, H.R. 24 seeks such a goal. In the Senate, S. 16 does likewise. Even though it’s only a first step toward freeing America of the ravages of the Fed, it’s certainly time for such scrutiny.
If you are one of the many Americans who are suffering from the shrinking monetary value of your salary, savings, possessions, etc., contact your congressman and two senators and ask each to support the appropriate Federal Reserve Transparency Act. That’s the formal name for H.R. 24 in the House and S. 16 in the Senate.
Mr. McManus served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the late 1950s and joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966. He has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and President. Mr. McManus has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and is also author of a number of educational DVDs and books. Now President Emeritus, he continues his involvement with the Society through public speaking and writing for this blog, the JBS Bulletin, and The New American.
What to Do About Government Economic Fraud
by JBS President John F. McManus
Paul Singer manages the hedge fund Elliott Management. He’s a billionaire and has helped those who invest with him to reap substantial gains. In a recent message he sent to the fund’s clients, he stated:
Nobody can predict how long government can get away with fake growth, fake money, fake jobs, fake financial stability, fake inflation numbers and fake income growth…. We do not think optimism is warranted, and we think a lot of the data is cooked or misleading.
Is Singer correct? The New York Times published a denial from Jesse Eisinger, a reporter for the independent new provider Pro Publica. Eisinger could hardly be more dismissive of the claims issued by Mr. Singer.
Who’s right and who’s wrong? We tend to side with Singer. We do so because of numerous phony claims issued by government. For instance, the unemployment rate claimed by officialdom doesn’t include people who have given up finding a job or others who were formerly employed full-time and are now able to find only part-time jobs. Counting part-time employment as real employment when the people involved want a steady job is deceitful. Real unemployment is likely twice the figure given by government.
In addition, government relies on a fraudulent definition of inflation – that it is rising prices. Even then, what’s in the “basket” of goods whose costs are totaled in the Consumer Price Index is regularly changed in order to reflect government’s reassuring claims. But inflation is an increase in the quantity of currency – the making of newly created dollars that have no backing and derive their value by lessening the value of everyone’s dollars. Ask a supermarket shopper whether it costs more dollars to shop each month and you’ll get a good lesson in what inflation truly is.
As for growth, U.S. manufacturing wealth creation is way down, and so is income growth. When the value of the dollar shrinks by an amount that even a raise in pay doesn’t cover, there’s no growth – except in the true rate of inflation.
In recent years, the Federal Reserve has waged war on the dollar with a program dubbed Quantitative Easing. That’s a clever name for a thieving process that creates dollars out of nothing and floods a favored few with them. But Q.E. is inflation pure and simple. It may have helped some “too big to fail” friends of the Fed to survive. But meanwhile, the American people continued to face higher prices, fewer jobs, and deceitful statistics.
So the conclusions reached by Paul Singer are worth consideration.
What to do about this? Start with an audit of the Fed, a demand recently made by 333 members of the U.S. House that awaits approval in the Senate. Unfortunately, the Senate will be led by Harry Reid until January when a new measure will have to be generated by the House and then sent to the Senate again. Maybe then, it will get the respect it deserves.
If the full truth about the Fed were known, public sentiment aimed at having it abolished would mushroom. Then, there would be moves to end deficit spending and cut back the size of government to what is authorized by the Constitution. Eliminating unconstitutional agencies and bureaus (education, energy, housing, medical care, foreign aid, and more) would be a boon to the nation. Also, Congress should put an end to creation of so-called “free trade” agreements that make it advantageous for businesses to flee the U.S. for cheap labor overseas. Finally, demand truth from government officials – all of them right up to and including the President.
The course our country is on amounts to suicide. Those who provide the fake data and the cooked books are steering America into a world government. Some honesty about that would help to bring about needed corrective actions and guarantee continued existence of our nation, free and independent.
Mr. McManus joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966 and has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and now President. He remains the Society’s chief media representative throughout the nation and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. Mr. McManus is also Publisher of The New American magazine and author of a number of educational DVDs and books.