Ron Paul Predicts Debt Ceiling Hike, Discusses Monetary and Foreign Policy
(The New American) -- by Michael Tennant --
Ron Paul has some good news and some bad news. According to the Texas Congressman and 2012 Republican presidential contender, the good news is that people are beginning to take his proposals — less federal spending, more oversight of the Federal Reserve, and nonintervention in foreign countries — seriously. The bad news is that the political class may come around too late to prevent the destruction of the dollar and the havoc that will wreak on our government and our economy.
In a lengthy interview with Bloomberg’s Al Hunt, Paul stated his belief that despite House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) insistence that he will demand one dollar of spending cuts for every dollar the debt ceiling is increased, “it’ll go up to the last minute and they will raise the debt ceiling.” Paul said he doesn’t take Boehner’s posturing seriously, recalling that when Ronald Reagan agreed to a tax increase back in the 1980s, “he said he wanted two dollars of cuts for every dollar [of tax increases]. Nothing happened. The deficit exploded.”
The Congressman doesn’t expect the public to take such talk seriously, either, especially when most of the cuts will be slated for many years in the future. “The only budget that counts is this year, not what’s happening next year, the year after, a five-year program, a 10-year program,” he explained. “That’s all pie-in-the-sky talk.” Hunt suggested the Republican leadership might propose, in exchange for increasing the debt ceiling, a spending cap that would go into effect a decade from now. Paul rejected the idea out of hand, saying, “I think it’s too little, too late, and nobody’s going to believe it.”
In response to the notion that failing to raise the debt ceiling would be a catastrophe, Paul said that he would refuse to vote for any debt ceiling increase because “the catastrophe comes regardless because as long as they encourage more spending, then we go over a cliff.”
A default on the federal government’s obligations, debt ceiling hike or not, is a certainty, Paul said. “We’re defaulting constantly,” he maintained, not by failing to pay the government’s bills but by paying them via inflation of the money supply, “and therefore people are losing their purchasing power. So the common person, the average person, the middle class, and the poor, especially the people that lose their jobs — we’re defaulting on them all the time.”
In addition, as Jacob Hornberger of the Future of Freedom Foundation observed, the government is also defaulting on its debt through inflation. When the Federal Reserve prints money to pay off the government’s debts, Hornberger wrote, “the inflated supply of money cheapens the value of the money in circulation, which means that bondholders are being repaid in currency that is worth less than it was when they loaned it” — the very definition of default.
The Fed, being the source of so many of our ills, was discussed at length in the Bloomberg interview. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is on the defensive, Paul asserted, but “he can’t defend [his policy] because it’s a failed policy.” “People are starting to realize this,” he averred, “and people know now that you have a lot more ... to blame than high labor costs and high profits. You go to the Federal Reserve for the business cycle, the financial bubbles and the crashes, and then the bailing out of trillions of dollars for special interests.”
Asked if other GOP presidential candidates were talking about the Fed in the same way he is, Paul replied with obvious satisfaction, “There’s no way, but they won’t laugh as much as they did last time. The last time they laughed, and scorned my foreign policy, and they’d laugh at my monetary policy. They won’t laugh any longer.”...MORE...LINK
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