Balancing the Budget, Reining In the Debt -- The Untold Story

The Heritage Foundation published a symposium on cutting the budget in the Winter 1986 issue of its Policy Review (since 2001, published by the Hoover Institution). A number of excellent proposals were made, but I would like to focus on the gem contributed by the late journalist and columnist Warren T. Brookes.

Brookes began by stating that "conservatives need to understand that without basic monetary reform there is no way to balance the U.S. budget, with or without tax increases and budget cuts, and even with the most optimistic GNP growth projections."  He then offered a 3 part solution:

(1) "the nation must return as quickly as possible to gold-based money and debt"  (Heritage's Policy Review published another piece endorsing a return to the gold standard as a key component of balancing the budget, in the next issue, by the late Congressman, HUD Secretary and Vice Presidential candidate -- Jack Kemp, My Plan To Balance The Budget, Spring 1986)

(2) we should allow "free exchange of gold and silver, both public and private, setting up a parallel monetary system on a free market basis, allowing the public to choose," (Heritage's Policy Review published another piece endorsing the idea of Hayekian currency competition or privatization, also in the next issue -- Richard W. Rahn, Time To Privatize Money?, Spring 1986) and

(3) "the Federal Reserve would be phased back to its original role as a bank-owned clearing house, thus eliminating its huge and costly presence in the money markets where its open market operations now run as high as $1 trillion a year."

With all of the talk about the "fiscal cliff" and raising the debt ceiling yet again, it is clear that the problems of the Federal budget and debt, and especially the cost of servicing the Federal debt, have certainly not gotten any better since Warren Brookes's solutions were published (and ignored) in 1986.

In the opening days of the new session of Congress, a number of bills have been introduced that would partially enact these solutions:

(i) Congressman Paul Broun's H.R. 73 (Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act) and

(ii) H.R. 77 (Free Competition in Currency Act of 2013), both similar to bills previously introduced by Dr. Ron Paul.  (Congressmen Broun and Steve Stockman have also introduced bills to audit the Federal Reserve, also similar to bills previously introduced by Congressman and Senator Paul -- H.R. 24 (Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2013) and H.R. 33 (Audit The Fed Act of 2013)).

We’ll see just how serious Washington, D.C. is about the budget and debt crises.

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The Most Important Thing Holding Up the US Dollar

by Ron Paul

Today’s economic conditions reflect a fiat monetary system held together by many tricks and luck over the past 40 years. The world has been awash in paper money since removal of the last vestige of the gold standard by Richard Nixon when he buried the Bretton Woods agreement — the gold exchange standard — on August 15, 1971.

Since then we’ve been on a worldwide paper dollar standard. Quite possibly we are seeing the beginning of the end of that system. If so, tough times are ahead for the United States and the world economy.

Piketty’s Gold?

April 21, 2014

In terms of public policy, though, we favor honest money. It works out better for more people. And there is a moral dimension to the question of honest money. This was a matter that was understood — and keenly felt — by the Founders of America, who almost to a man (Benjamin Franklin, a printer of paper notes, was a holdout), cringed with humiliation at the thought of fiat paper money. They’d tried it in the revolution, and it had been the one embarrassment of the struggle. They eventually gave us a Constitution that they hoped would bar us from ever making the same mistake.

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The Rueffian SynthesisJohn D. Mueller

Publisher's Note: Originally released in June/July of 1991, this detailed report discusses Jacques Rueff's economic theories and applies them to modern economic events.

By John D. Mueller

Rueff Restates the Quantity Theory of Money

... Rueff argued that the real problem with the monetarists is not that they focus too much, but rather too little on the supply of money; namely, they assign too little importance to the concrete mechanisms by which money is actually created. Most monetarists adopt the convention that the government can control the nominal supply of money, while demanders of money control its value. Rueff pointed out that under a properly functioning monetary system, even the nominal supply of money is determined by people’s demand for it.

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by Lewis E. Lehrman

"The economist defines money as a medium of exchange. It is the token we supply in order to effect payments for the goods we demand. Money is especially a standard like a yardstick – a unit of measure by which we value and price economic goods. Money units express prices which are the vital information necessary for efficient exchange. Money is surely a store of value."

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Laksmi, The Goddess of Prosperity

Ralph J. Benko  |  Apr 24, 2014
Indian culture long has held a high appreciation for gold.  The Vedic faith records four historical ages, the highest being the Satya Yuga.  Per Wikipedia, "when humanity is governed by gods, and every manifestation or work is close to the purest ideal and humanity will allow intrinsic goodness to rule supreme.

So Long, So Slow: IMF Not So Optimistic on World Recovery

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