I am not going to beat a dead horse by repeating explanations of why we need some kind of monetary standard tied to gold; but the bottom line is this: Either Bernanke is lying to the Congress (liar, liar, pants on fire) or we are doomed. We might escape a cataclysm greater than the Great Depression this time. We shall see. But there is no way to sustain a monetary system that is not tied to objective value and is run by politicians and bankers who reap the benefits of inflation and bubbles and pass the losses on to the little old ladies on fixed incomes and taxpayers.
Ron Paul: Just last week there was a report that Iran purchased 75 billion dollars worth of gold, took their reserves out of Europe, bought gold and put it in Asia. So is that a sign of the times, is that moving on?
My question is, in your meetings, and you had a meeting just recently with other central bankers, does this thought come up about a new international world reserve currency, and if so, does the subject of gold ever come up?
How do you restore the confidence? Have you recently had conversations with any central banker, and is there a move on to replace the dollar system, because the dollar system is essentially declared dead, because it’s not working, but this indeed was predictable because of these tremendous imbalances that were never allowed to be corrected, and they were always patched up. We always came in. We’d spend, we’d inflate, we would run up deficits, and since ‘71 we’ve been able to correct these problems.
Could you tell me what kind of conversations you’ve had regarding a new reserve currency?
Ben Bernanke: Yes, Congressman. I don’t think the dollar system is dead. I think the dollar remains the premier international currency. We’ve seen a good deal of appreciation in the dollar recently during the crisis precisely because there’s been a lot of interest in the safe haven and the liquidity of dollar markets.
And the Federal Reserve has been engaged in swap agreements to make sure there’s enough dollar liquidity in other countries because the need for dollars is so strong. So I think the dollar system remains quite strong.
I do agree with you very much on one point, which is about the current accounts. The current account imbalances have proved to a very serious problem. It was in fact the large capital inflows in those current accounts which created a lot of the financial imbalances we saw and have led to some of the problems we are seeing, and one of the silver linings in this huge gray cloud is that we’re seeing some improvement and greater balance in our current account deficits.
Ron Paul: But does the subject of a new regime ever come up?
Ben Bernanke: No, it doesn’t.
Ron Paul: And does the subject of gold ever come up in any of your conversations?
Ben Bernanke: Only in terms of the sales that the central banks are planning.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Are Bernanke's Pants on Fire? I hope so.
Recently Congressman Ron Paul cross-examined Ben Bernanke on a new currency regime and the Gold Standard: