Ron Paul Hits Fed Chief Ben Bernanke with Silver

Metaphorically, of course, in this colorfully reported piece from Forbes on a hearing of the House Committee on Financial Services. Some highlights:

In what is usually the most heated and interesting exchange of Bernanke’s excursions to Congress, the Fed Chairman was forced to sit down and listen as Ron Paul scolded him for “debasing” the currency and “destroying” the wealth of millions of Americans. 

Ron Paul first asked Bernanke if he did his own grocery shopping, to which the Fed Chairman responded with a “yes.”  Paul immediately cut him off and said “no one believes the 2% inflation rate,” claiming it was actually closer to 9%.  “Someone is stealing wealth,” said Ron Paul, in full campaign mode.

He then pulled out a silver eagle, a silver coin that has nominal face value of one dollar that is legal tender.  Ron Paul told Bernanke that in 2006, as he took the top spot at the Federal Reserve, an ounce of silver bought about 4 gallons of gas.  Today, said Paul, it buys about 11. 

“That’s preservation of value,” yelled an excited Ron Paul....Paul once again lashed out, telling Bernanke “the record of what you’ve done is destroy the currency,” before saying he still can’t pay his bills or taxes with silver eagles, just as his time was running out and he was forced to forfeit the floor...

ABC News and Wall Street Journal on the hearings.

Video of today's hearings:

 

For more background on why Paul feels this way about poor Mr. Bernanke, you might want to check out this new review essay of the book Alchemists of Loss: How Modern Finance and Government Regulation Crashed the Financial System, by Kevin Dowd and Martin Hutchinson, written by Austrian economist Roger Garrison from the Winter 2012 issue of The Independent Review.

 In it Garrison makes a good scholarly case for the Federal Reserve's complicity in the financial crisis we are still not out of. An interesting chunk of that, about how no degree of intelligence on the part of a Federal Reserve chief short of not inflating the money supply would likely have helped:

The fact that the Greenspan Fed adopted a loose-money stance in the wake of the dot-com bust and well into this century’s first decade was a game changer. This accommodation freed the housing sector from having to draw investment funds from other sectors. It fueled an economywide boom—with the housing bubble, leveraged by the practitioners of modern finance, being its most dramatic aspect. In one important respect, the Fed found itself in uncharted waters. Rather than countering an upward pressure on interest rates, as in the earlier episodes, it compounded the downward pressure. With interest rates at historic lows from mid-2003 to mid-2004, the mismatch between saving and the temporal pattern of investment was doubly strong.

It was another episode of turbocharging, but this time it was primarily the ongoing distortion of housing markets that was being turbocharged. The boom’s unsustainability could not have been in doubt in the eyes of those who adopted an Austrian view. And the fact that the bubble was doubly artificial provided a strong hint about the difficulties inherent in the subsequent recovery.

A Volckerized Fed would not have served the economy well during this most recent boom. The relatively mild rate of inflation was consistent with an unemployment rate that fell to subnatural-rate levels (that is, below 5 percent in the final throes of the boom) and a corresponding high level of output. A Fed chairman whose exclusive focus was on price stability could only remain agnostic about a coming downturn, claiming weakly, as Alan Greenspan repeatedly did, that you don’t know you’re in a bubble economy until the bubble bursts.

Moreover, Volckerization could not have been achieved in this most recent episode by Friedman’s monetary rule, according to which the growth rate of the money supply should be fixed at some low single-digit value. Such a rule would require that there be a meaningful money-supply target, such as M1 or M2, at which the Fed could take aim, and a predictable relationship between the targeted money-supply aggregate and the price level. Volcker himself was the last Fed chairman who enjoyed that circumstance. After implementation of the Depository Institutions and Monetary Control Act of 1980, the meaningfulness of the various M’s and the predictability of the M-P relationship began to fade and were gone by 1987, when Greenspan assumed the chairmanship. Hence, even if Greenspan had asked, “What would Volcker do?” he could not have gotten an answer applicable to his own circumstances.

I wrote about the burgeoning anti-Fed movement in Reason's November 2009 issue, and surveyed a group of Fed-watchers (including Ron Paul and Milton Friedman) about Bernanke's prospects on the verge of his assuming his mighty power in Reason's November 2006 issue. Plus lots of Reason on Bernanke.

My book about Paul, with much more on his fight against the Fed, will be out in May: Ron Paul's Revolution.

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  • Smirk||

    "Silver Ron Paul hits Ben Bernanke's Chief Fed"

    Now that would be news.

  • Gojira||

    This story would have been funnier if Paul had actually hit Bernanke in the face with a silver-headed cane, and then Bernanke died because it turns out he was a werewolf.

  • ||

    As usual, Jim, you're late to the game. [Shoots Jim with silver bullet.]

  • Hugh Akston||

    Don't let his hirsute nether regions fool you. Jim is just a poorly-groomed version of a sparkly Twilight vampire.

    The only way to kill him is with a display of masculine traits or any kind of feminism.

  • Gojira||

    Hey check the time-stamp, we posted at the same time, FAG. GAYPWN'D.

    And I'm only sparkly, Hugh, because the glitter bomb I was taking to a Santorum rally was poorly constructed and detonated early.

  • ||

    In the event of a chronological tie, he who posts higher wins.

  • Gojira||

    I need a link to that rule. And wikipedia doesn't count.

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    [Beats Jim with a chain of silver.]

  • ||

    Here's your link, dude!

  • Hugh Akston||

    A silver chain? What are you, some kind of low-rent guido? You're not even man enough to impregnate Snooki.

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    Never heard nuthin' about gold chains killin'. Jim's got to go, and I'm figurin' him for a werewolf.

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  • Gojira||

    "The B on the grave stands for Bernanke."

  • Hugh Akston||

    If Bernanke really wanted to hit Paul back, he could have countered that the quantitative easing and negative interest rates that the Fed has pursued under his stewardship are exactly what drove investors to seek more stable values like precious metals in the first place.

    If Bernanke weren't flooding the country with cheap currency and even cheaper credit, that silver wouldn't be worth near as much.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    I'm not sure admitting that Paul is right is "hitting back."

  • The Derider||

    And flashing "invest in metals" ads have just inflated the bubble. The inevitable production shock when newly profitable mines reach full production is going to burst it.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Oh precious metals is totally a bubble. As the Great T-Bill Default of 2060 demonstrates, there is no such thing as a safe investment.

  • The Derider||

    All empires fall. All governments end. I'd still bet against metals versus dollars.

  • Sevo||

    The Derider|2.29.12 @ 9:12PM|#
    "All empires fall. All governments end. I'd still bet against metals versus dollars."

    Right. The question is: When? If you don't answer that, you're blowing smoke out your ass.
    You think all that Greek paper is being arbitraged for a loss? Nope; there is a pile of money to be made there *until* the music stops and there's no chairs left.
    If you know "when", well, dive right in and tell us how you did.

  • ||

    As long as most of the rest of the world uses FRNs as reserve currency, they are waaay more fucked than we are. Or at least sooner.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

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  • yonemoto||

    well, yeah, that's why it buys 11 gallons, instead of four. But, the bubble is mostly silver (and to a lesser degree, platinum, and palladium). considering it's what the rubes go after, surprisingly gold is not too far off.

  • Paul||

    Oh precious metals is totally a bubble. As the Great T-Bill Default of 2060 demonstrates, there is no such thing as a safe investment.

    Hank Paulson said my house was a safe investment, except for Market Failure.

  • ||

    And flashing "invest in metals" ads have just inflated the bubble.

    Not really. Retail investors haven't gone into precious metals that much. The runup in gold, at least, is mostly Big Money (hedge funds, institutions, etc.), and Biggest Money (central banks).

  • ||

    If Bernanke weren't flooding the country with cheap currency and even cheaper credit, that silver wouldn't be worth near as much.

    That's Paul's entire point, you know, not a refutation of his
    point.

    This is an argument about what the baseline is, in the long run. Ron is pointing to precious metals as the baseline, and saying that, relative to them, the dollar is debased.

    He then pivots to the price of gas, and points out that silver buys more gas than it used to, indicating that, relative to gas, silver is more valuable than it used to be. His point, ultimately, being that if we had a currency that acted like specie, we would be better off.

  • Max||

    Ron Paul is a real class act:

    “I miss the closet. Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities. They could also not be as promiscuous. Is it any wonder the AIDS epidemic started after they ‘came out of the closet,’ and started hyper-promiscuous sodomy?” –Ron Paul (June 1990)
    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo......etters.php

    “[Martin Luther King, Jr.], the FBI files reveal, was not only a world-class adulterer, he also seduced underage girls and boys…And we are supposed to honor this ‘Christian minister’ and lying socialist satyr with a holiday that puts him on par with George Washington?” –Ron Paul -December 1990
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  • Shorter Max||

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  • rather||

    Jesus fucking Christ Max. Even a crazy bitch hate studies major like me knows every work TPM prints, including "and" and "the" is a lie. Are you that stupid?

  • Max||

    Pull your head out of your ass and read the Ron Paul newsletters, you moronic twit. Anybody who publishes such garbage under his name and makes tons of money on it owns the fucking garbage.

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  • Mr. FIFY||

    "Tons" of money?

    Did Paul turn a PROFIT on the newsletters? Huh? You stupid cunt?

    For that matter, did he write the tiny bits of offensitude you bitch about so much?

    Go the fuck back away, Max. We like you better when you're gone.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    You don't like me when I'm gone or when I'm here.

    *FROWNY FACE*

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    Max VS rectal?

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  • Max||

    Yes, you ignorant fuck, he made lots on the newsletters.

  • Max||

    What Ron Paul made peddling racist shit:

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  • mrs rectal cooter||

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  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Maxipad,

    Yes, you ignorant fuck, he made lots on the newsletters.


    "Like, lots!"

    Toddlers now troll.

  • .||

    Pull your own head out of your ass, Max. That wasn't "garbage" - it was the goddamned truth regarding King's womanizing and his ties to Marxist sympathyzers. It wasn't new information in the 90s either - I remember reading about America's black saint and his shenanigans way back in the 70s. As for the stuff about homos, well that's just a matter of opinion - a man's entitled to have an opinion - even if cretins like you disagree with it.

  • Max||

    If your loony libertoid hope ever got close to actually winning the fucking nomination, the racist, homophobic opinions he put in print for years would sink him very fast, you ignorant piece of shit.

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  • Brendan||

    Since every other politician seems to get a pass on things they DID sometimes not even 5 years ago, I'd be inclined to place less weight on something SAID 15-20 years ago.

    I'm also not seeing anything horrific here. Politically incorrect and offensive at time, but not horrific.

    #1 is offensive, but just makes me smirk and rolled my eyes. Black comedians, celebrities, political figures make jokes along these lines all the time.

    #2 is strange and I seem to be missing the context. Is he implying that AIDS was a homosexual disease and the federal government was covering that up?

    #3 is true. "White" things are decried as racist while "black" things are celebrated as cultural.

    #4 is pretty offensive and follows in the AIDS=homosexual line of thinking.

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    #5 seems to be expressing that he doesn't care who did it, just that it was done.

    #6 would make sense in the early 90s. A rise in crime combined with anti-gun sentiment could easily see someone who uses a gun in self-defense excoriated in the media and over zealously prosecuted.

    #7 I agree with both in the literal and figurative sense.

    #8 is a little on the tin foil hat side, not neither new (at the time) or shocking

    #9 is the same way I feel about a lot of "heroes" who turn out to be terrible people who are only known for the high profile good things they did.

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    #10 is a soft sell and contradicts #9 in way. If Bobby Fischer is supposed to be a hero, but demonized because of his holocaust views, he shouldn't be too upset because he effectively wants it done to MLK in #9. Unless the complaint is that white guys who have "politically incorrect" views are treated worse than black guys who do "politically incorrect" things.

  • Max||

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    Spending on output stayed on a quite stable growth path during this period.

    Output did not grow at an unusually fast rate. It remained on a quite stable growth path.

    Housing prices in some areas went up alot.

    Housing production went up quite a bit.

    Instead of producing toys and underwear in the U.S., we got those from China. The Chinese took their earnings and funded the purchase of overvalued homes.

    It was about the allocation of credit, not an excess creation of credit.

    Of course, it is true that the Fed is aiming at 2% inflation. I disagree with that approach.

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    How do you hop to toy production?

    Anyway, the allocation of credit in the housing market required cheap money.

    " This accommodation freed the housing sector from having to draw investment funds from other sectors. It fueled an economywide boom—with the housing bubble, leveraged by the practitioners of modern finance, being its most dramatic aspect."

  • ||

    Simplest explanation in the world: Greenspan dropped Treasuries so low that the yield didn't keep up with inflation. $70 trillion world-wide looking for a safe haven, and he took their #1 choice away.

    Wall Street was right there with these "great, virtually risk-free vehicles".

  • mrs rectal cooter||

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    This behaviour is unreasonable!

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    You see Reason is right wing and mostly men. And I hate men. And I fucking really hate right wing men. They have no right whatsoever to say anything in public. So I come on here and post shit, slander people, and try to muck it up as much as I can. It is also the only way I can get any attention from men, which is what I really want but can't get. And I hate myself for it.

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  • rather||

    Since I got that letter from Reason's attorneys and the 900 work limit prevents me from posting White Indian rants. Now I just post shit. That is all I have left.

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  • rather||

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    it can only be attributed to human error

  • rather||

    Since Pro Lib, sugarflea, Epi, Warty, GM etc communicate by email to plan their games; it seems reasonable that they all could be WI.

    In fact, there may be a pattern with them jointly playing everyone they have accused me of being.

    The fact that the spoofs are played all day, with hundreds of comments indicates it is a group

    Interesting Pro lib denies participation but proof is a very inconvenient thingy

  • rather||

    Of course everyone knows it is me. I just hope to maybe confuse someone.

  • rather||

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  • rather||

    And then everyone will know I am White Indian and all of the other stupid handles I use. And did I mention since I sign on at a university, Reason can't ban me? I'm still here!!

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    I can actually see this happening.

    WI seems to have a particularly fun time spoofing/attacking me over and over and over and over again, despite the fact I never respond to it.

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  • mrs rectal cooter||

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    I don't mean to be a dick, but isn't the entire "WI=rather" thing based on a claim by Episiarch that he continues to be unable to prove?

  • mrs rectal cooter||

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    My anus is bleeding

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  • Daniel||

    Well done Dr. Paul. I hope other readers of Reason are inspired to stand up for liberty by the good doctor as I have been.

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    I don't need any help. I am just a nasty bitch.

  • rather||

    Is that an insult?

    S you're male and really stupid...no, I can't still narrow down who you are

  • rather||

    You see I am a stupid bitch. Chances are I am a student. And more than likely some kind of psychology or hate studies major. I use the common server of the university I attend to get a new IP address every time I log on. That keeps Reason from banning me permanently.

    You see Reason is right wing and mostly men. And I hate men. And I fucking really hate right wing men. They have no right whatsoever to say anything in public. So I come on here and post shit, slander people, and try to muck it up as much as I can. It is also the only way I can get any attention from men, which is what I really want but can't get. And I hate myself for it.

  • rather||

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  • rather||

    This used to be a lot easier before the 900 word limit.

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    its like sticking your finger in a pool of water

  • ||

    I love Ron Paul, and this has to be one of the best examples of him rambling I've ever seen. The poor guy has a lot to say but he just can't find a way to say it concisely.

  • Toasted||

    His problem is he attempts to anticipate the counter argument while making the original point. Instead, he should make the point then address the counter argument when it comes.

  • Toasted||

    Then again, it could be a guy who gets ignored so he tries tackle as much as possible when given the chance to be heard. Gary Johnson, in the one debate I remember him in, had the same problem.

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    JESUS MOTHERFUCKING CHRIST ON A TAPDANCING CRACKER WILL SOMEONE PLEASE KILL THE GODDAM TROLLS!!!!!

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    I married COOTER and my ass stopped bleeding.

  • rectal||

    My anus is bleeding

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    NO i Married MR COOTER and it went away

  • ||

    Shopping for cat food today at Wal-Mart, I was shocked by the price increase for cat food (large can).

    Used to be 70 cents about 5 years ago. Then it was 83 cents (just last week). Now it's 94 cents.

    At this rate, my cats are going to have to start catching mice.

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    Maybe Krugabe will start believing in inflation now?

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    I still pay attention to you.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Nope.

    Food price increases are not part of the formula used to calculate inflation, therefore do not count. Or something.

  • CPI ad absurdum||

    Besides, a consumer can easily switch from 96/4 ground beef to 80/20 ground beef and then from that to cat food, and then from that to gleaning from dumpsters and foraging for berries.

  • Rumpelty||

    nothing's changed I see.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    marriage heals all anal hemmorage.

  • rectal||

    My anus is bleeding

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    NO i Married MR COOTER and it went away

  • Sevo||

    Tulpa|2.29.12 @ 11:05PM|#
    "I don't mean to be a dick, but isn't the entire "WI=rather" thing based on a claim by Episiarch that he continues to be unable to prove?"

    Could be, but does is matter? Rectal/rather is obviously a sick puppy and really deserves nothing more than s/he gets; largely ignored.
    Ditto WI; neither is worth engaging.
    I'm surprised r.com hasn't set the filter for repetitive posts; that would reject a large majority of the posts from the assorted assholes, regardless of whether they claim the handle of rectal/rather/WI or whatever they chose at the moment.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    ignoring me only makes me more passionate, darling

  • not rather||

    Shut the fuck up sevo, nobody gives a shit what a cock-sucking braindead jizz-mopper with a GED and delusions of intelligence thinks.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    plus he's a poopy head who poops his pants

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    plus he's a poopy head who poops his pants

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    I got me safelink now incase there's a emergency when I'm outside my home.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    Did everyone have a good leapday?

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    My cat landed on his back today. Only happens on leap day.

  • Comcast Sucks (Coxswain Hardy)||

    Sara lost Top Chef. Life is good.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    but you can boil my potatoes any night of the week

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    economics is all about scarcity, but ricky santorum has no scarcity of sweater vests.
    explain that libertards

  • ||

    And you have no scarcity of inane comments, rather. Explain that.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    maybe things aren't as scarce as you think? oh that's right: you don't think, you're a libertard

  • ||

    Thanks for proving my point. Without explaining your endless supply of inane comments that, for some reason, you get off on posting them here, of all places.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    if not here then where

  • rather||

    AA, you cut me up; I never realized you are one of the stupid
    -carry on

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    peace out, A-town

  • ||

    I cut you up? What are you talking about?

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    AA, did you forget your meds? it's ok. take a deep breath and close your eyes.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    Letterman is making fun of President Johnson.
    When you've lost Letterman...

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    The guy in Hawaii was wearing a Hawaii shirt
    /watching NOVA

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    isn't plate tectonics just a theory?

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    the quake last 5 minutes? more than I can say for cooter.
    LOL

  • ||

    Another potentially good thread .. ruined yet again.

    REGISTRATION.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    suppress dissent!

  • ||

    You consider yourself a "dissident"? That's a new low for dissenters everywhere.

    But that's not really what your purpose is, is it?

    Get a life.

  • rectal||

    I'm bleeding out of my anus. From fisting.

  • ||

    WI must be proud.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    WI is a figment of your imagination. Only you see him. Doesn't that bother you?

  • ||

    I AM ALL COMMENTERS ON REASON H&R! ONLY I CAN SEE THE TROLLS!

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    calm down, people might think you're crazy.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    speaking truth to power, that's my game dude. what's yours?

  • ||

    LOL. I come for the articles and comments. It was a fun place until all the fecal matter came and stunk the place up.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    Don't be a hater

  • ||

    Sorry for feeding the troll. Lesson learned. Wont happen again.

    Good night.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    Just take 2 shots of Clorox
    everything will be fine.

  • rectal||

    MY ANUS IS BLEEDING! FROM FISTING.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    NO i Married MR COOTER and it went away

  • rectal||

    MY ANUS IS BLEEDING! FROM FISTING.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    NO i Married MR COOTER and it went away

  • Mr. Cooter||

    I divorce you.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    You will do no such thing.

  • Mr. Cooter||

    I divorce you.

    I divorce you.

    I divorce you.

  • ||

    Is there a moderator anywhere on this site? Scrolling down the spam is really annoying.

    Ron Paul was clearly celebrating Superman's birthday by doing his best impression of Jor-El addressing the science council about the impending doom for Krypton.

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    Are your panties hurting because you had to scroll?

  • mrs rectal cooter||

    Congrats Mitt keep it up. "@Reuters: @MittRomney wins Republican caucus in Wyoming - @CNN http://reut.rs/zNKoDS"

  • Max||

    What Ron Paul made peddling racist shit:

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2.....ewsletter/

  • Max||

    I hate nucking figgers.

  • James||

    Max,

    SO? I was reading the article and decided to read the comments until I came to yours, Max. I am both gay and african-american, and I couldn't care LESS about what Ron Paul said thirty years ago, the fact is that he hasn't allowed ANY of that to govern his obligations as a public official. He's the only person who knows what the hell he's talking about, AND at least under him gays would have a chance at marriage instead of Doofy currently in the White House who opposes rights for all. So get the fuck over it.

    I'm voting for Ron Paul.

  • Max||

    You are a fucking idot.

  • Arf, Arf!||

    Arf!

  • Old Mexican||

    James,

    Please don't play with the pet yorkie. He gets to shit all over the place when exited by visitors.

  • COOTER||

    MISS RECTAL I MISSPOKE BEFORE PLEASE FORGIVE ME HERE'S A FLOWER I FOUND FOR YOUR HAIR AND A TOAD IN THE SWAMP WHO KISSED ME MEANS WE WERE MEANT TO BE OH PLEASE FORGIVE ME

  • Mr. Cooter||

    No, fuck you I'm the real Cooter and I take back nothing in fact.

    I divorce you.

    I divorce you.

    I divorce you.

  • Room 237||

    I still cannot get past the newsletters

  • db||

    The headline made me think of Ron Paul carrying around a sock filled with silver coins a la Homey the Clown.

    "Dr. Noey" don't play dat."

  • ||

    lol, those bought and paid for politicians really crack me up dude, seriously.

    www.Went-Anon.tk

  • Spoonman.||

    I happened to be near a TV showing The Bernank's testimony yesterday, and a congressman from Missouri (didn't give his name, but he's black and said he represents St. Louis, so presumably a Democrat) asked him whether the low interest rates would "hurt the dollar" and "cause asset bubbles."

    I thought that was a very good question and wanted to see The Bernank answer it, but he concentrated on pretending that "hurt the dollar" is an ignorant concept and failed to answer about the asset bubbles at all, the asshole.

  • fullmetaltrousers||

    Forget about all that policy shit.

    Who's the chick in the background of the video?

    DAMN son...

  • Paul||

    Ok, this is like the worst chatroom... ever.

  • Old Mexican||

    Your Rotten Monetary Policy Is Destroying This Country

    By Dr. Ron Paul

    A similar situation exists in this country, where economists calculating CPI according to the original basket of goods have determined that price inflation has increased 9.5% per year since 2006, rather than the 2.25% reported by the government.[...] The government’s claims that the official statistics show no reason to be concerned about inflation is Marxist – as in Groucho, who famously said: "Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?"
  • Davi||

    Let me begin by saying that I hugely appreciate your coverage of this story. However, I'd like to propose one small correction. You state that Ron Paul pulled an American Eagle from his pocket. As you can see in the photos what he's actually holding is a Silver Circle "Rebel Round" issued by our company, LinePlot Productions to promote our upcoming film Silver Circle in which a band of rebels take on the Federal Reserve. Dr. Paul not only advocates for a metal backed currency as national policy, but also the importance of alternative private currencies. We are very excited by his decision to showcase our silver rounds and would appreciate a correction if possible.

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