Skip to comments.THREE CONGRESSMEN INTRODUCE GOLD STANDARD BILL TO STABILIZE THE DOLLAR'S VALUE
Posted on 04/06/2023 6:40:14 AM PDT by Red Badger
As America faces the twin threats of inflation and bank failures, three U.S. congressmen introduced a pivotal sound money bill that would enable the Federal Reserve note “dollar” to regain stable footing for the first time in more than half a century.
Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) - joined by Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) - introduced H.R. 2435, the “Gold Standard Restoration Act,” to facilitate the repegging of the volatile Federal Reserve note to a fixed weight of gold bullion.
Upon passage of H.R. 2435, the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve are given 24 months to publicly disclose all gold holdings and gold transactions, after which time the Federal Reserve note “dollar” would be formally repegged to a fixed weight of gold at its then-market price.
Federal Reserve notes would become fully redeemable for and exchangeable with gold at the new price, with the U.S. Treasury and its gold reserves backstopping Federal Reserve Banks as guarantor.
Monetary experts have noted a return to a gold standard would substantially curtail the economic damage caused by inflation, runaway federal debt, and monetary system instability.
“A gold standard would protect against Washington's irresponsible spending habits and the creation of money out of thin air," said Rep. Mooney in a statement.
"Prices would be shaped by economics rather than the instincts of bureaucrats. No longer would American families, businesses, and the economy as a whole be at the mercy of the Federal Reserve and reckless Washington spenders.”
The Gold Standard Restoration Act also makes several findings as to the harm the Federal Reserve System has inflicted on everyday Americans - particularly since President Richard Nixon “temporarily suspended” gold backing of America's monetary system in 1971.
H.R. 2435 points out: “The Federal Reserve note has lost more than 40 percent of its purchasing power since 2000, and 97 percent of its purchasing power since the passage of the Federal Reserve Act in 1913.”
Historians have observed that the elimination of gold redeemability from the monetary system freed central bankers and federal government officials from accountability when they expand the money supply, fund government deficits though trillion-dollar bond purchases, or otherwise manipulate the economy.
“At times, including 2021 and 2022, Federal Reserve actions helped create inflation rates of 8 percent or higher, increasing the cost of living for many Americans to untenable levels…enrich[ing] the owners of financial assets while… endanger[ing] the jobs, wages, and savings of blue-collar workers,” H.R. 2435 states.
Notably, Rep. Mooney's bill would also require full disclosure of all central bank and U.S. government gold holdings and gold-related financial transactions over the last 6 decades - a seemingly taboo subject surrounded by mystery and deception.
“To enable the market and market participants to arrive at the fixed Federal Reserve note dollar-gold parity in an orderly fashion... the Secretary and the Federal Reserve shall each make publicly available… all holdings of gold, with a report of any purchases, sales, swaps, leases, and any other financial transactions involving gold, since the temporary suspension in August 15th, 1971, of gold redeemability obligations under the Bretton Woods Agreement of 1944.”
In the years leading up to Nixon's panicked “temporary suspension” of gold redeemability, abusive U.S. deficit spending and currency debasement had prompted many foreign central banks to turn in their Federal Reserve notes for gold.
However, this disgorgement of America's gold holdings was largely conducted in secret.
That's why H.R. 2435 also requires the Fed and the Treasury to disclose “all records pertaining to redemptions and transfers of United States gold in the 10 years preceding the temporary suspension in August 15, 1971, of gold redeemability obligations.”
U.S. sound money groups and industry leaders are cheering Mooney's actions.
"Government cannot continue to spend and print on a massive scale without producing existential threats to the currency and our economy," said Lawrence W. Reed, president emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education.
"The gold standard never failed America, bad ideas and bad politicians did. If we do nothing, disaster awaits us just as it drowned earlier civilizations that spent and inflated their way to ruin," Reed continued.
“Today's debt-based fiat-money system serves primarily to support big government and wealthy financial insiders - while the Federal Reserve's serial policy of currency debasement punishes savers and wage earners,” explained Stefan Gleason, President of the Sound Money Defense League and Money Metals Exchange.
“A return to gold redeemability would arrest the problem of inflation, restrain the growth of wasteful and inefficient government, and kick off an exciting new era of American prosperity,” Gleason concluded.
The full text of Rep. Mooney's gold standard bill can be found here. It was introduced on March 30, 2023, and referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
all the gold ever mined in human history isn’t enough to back the dollar.
This is going nowhere.
What gold? There’s no gold in Fort Knox.
The gold was stolen long ago.
Which is why it will go nowhere. But, if by some miracle it does pass, can they have Geraldo Rivera do a reprise of Al Capone's Vault?
check Biden’s garage...........
Geraldo Rivera do a reprise of Al Capone’s Vault?...........Biden’s Garage.............
It will have little impact
Thinking of adding gold to the portfolio making it about 7%, any thoughts.
Internationally, foreign governments could still redeem Dollars for Gold, and started doing so in the late 1960s, draining U.S. gold reserves.
That's when Nixon took the Dollar off the Gold Standard internationally.
Put us back on the Gold standard, and instantly all those Dollars floating around in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East will come flooding back home to be exchanged for Gold that doesn't exist.
The only solution would be to guarantee that the U.S. would exchange Dollars for gold at a ridiculously high rate, say $10,000/oz, instead of the roughly $35/oz exchange rate the U.S. previously tried to maintain.
In which case the "gold standard" would be meaningless anyway.
In ten thousand years of human history, gold has never been worth zero.......................
I’d prefer silver. It has more practical applications in medicine and technology.
> “A gold standard would protect against Washington’s irresponsible spending habits and the creation of money out of thin air,” said Rep. Mooney in a statement. <
I guess we can give Rep. Mooney points for trying. But he’s wrong. A gold standard plus continued Congressional overspending would just drain our gold reserves down to zero.
Better that Rep. Mooney focus on a balanced budget amendment.
Better audit Ft. Knox first......I suspect its empty.
The economy has become fantastically complex. Any simplistic solution won’t work. One reason that it took so long for the industrial revolution to take place is because there was, by definition of the gold standard, only a small amount of currency in circulation. It wasn’t until fractional reserve banking and programmed-in inflation that enough money existed to build the worldwide infrastructure necessary for the growth surge our worldwide civilization has experienced under the American hegemony. To get where we are today took the entire world to be under one leader, the USA, with effectively one currency, the dollar. Unfortunately, the capitalism model depended on an ever-increasing population to provide the market for the goods produced and free access to the entire rest of the world as a market. The population of the developed world is in collapse due to several factors, among which are urbanization, a successful attack on technology by “the Greens” and the collapse of the West’s desire to spend their blood and treasure to maintain global peace. Anyone who thinks we are going to resolve these huge systemic problems by simply going back to the finance model of the fifteenth century is not seeing the larger picture.
This simply isn't true. Tell us, how much gold is needed?
I agree its not going anywhere, but definitely NOT because "there's not enough gold around." Its not going anywhere because the US deep-state, bloated government, and the Left depend 100% on printed, fiat money and massive debt to keep their social-engineering schemes alive.
But oddly, that never happened in the 19th century
Would this be possible if they did an exchange of “old dollars” for “new dollars” where it would be a 100:1 ratio (or some specific factor),
Then peg a “new” dollar (e.g. silver certificates) to X% of an ounce of gold?
But that is going mean opening up Fort Knox and all other gold depositories for near simultaneous international viewing and accounting..
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