[DEBATE] : Paul takes Bernanke to school about inflation
Riaz K Tayob
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Fri Feb 29 09:00:30 GMT 2008
Paul takes Bernanke to school about inflation
Submitted by cpowell on 09:39PM ET Thursday, February 28, 2008. Section:
9:30p ET Thursday, February 28, 2008
Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, got the better of Federal Reserve Chairman
Ben Bernanke in an exchange yesterday during a hearing of the House
Financial Services Committee.
Paul observed that inflation is an increase in the money supply, and he
quoted estimates that the U.S. money supply has been exploding lately --
estimates Bernanke did not attempt to contradict. This explosion in the
money supply, Paul said, is currency debasement that expropriates
savers. He asked Bernanke how it could be justified.
Bernanke replied that the Fed's statutory mandate is price stability
rather than money supply.
Whereupon Paul cited the sharply rising Producer Price Index.
Bernanke answered that he prefers to go by the Consumer Price Index.
(Maybe because it is more aggressively manipulated by the government?)
Paul countered that even the CPI has turned up sharply lately.
The best Bernanke could do was to acknowledge that the Fed is concerned
about that -- concern that seems likely to manifest itself shortly in a
strange way, with more reductions by the Fed in official interest rates,
pushing them even farther below official inflation and expropriating
savers even more to rescue the banks and financial houses that lately
defrauded the world with the Fed's connivance.
You can watch the Paul-Bernanke exchange at GoldSeek here:
CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
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