Ron Paul to Congress: If Debt Is the Problem, Why Do You Want More of It?


Ron Paul: Mr. Speaker, the Congress is concerned about the debt, the people are concerned about the debt, the markets are concerned about the debt, the world is concerned about the debt and what we’re doing here today, because we live with a world fiat dollar standard and so the whole world is engulfed in this very serious problem.

I do not understand, though, that if the debt is the problem – and I agree, the debt is the problem – that for us to come here and raise the debt by 2.4 trillion dollars is the solution. That just baffles me. I think it’s a distraction, because when a country gets indebted to the degree that we’re indebted, the country always defaults. This is historic, especially if the country is a significant country. On occasion, a small country will quit sending the checks and they’ll go bankrupt; we’re not going to do that, but we will default because the debt is unsustainable.

This year it is said that we have a debt increase of 1.6 trillion dollars, but that’s not true. If you count what we borrow from the pension funds, the Social Security and highway funds, it’s 2 trillion dollars. But if you include the increase in the entitlement obligation, it’s 5 trillion dollars. So this is a huge, huge problem.

But the argument here is, how do you default. And it is said that if we don’t raise the debt limit, we’re going to default and not send out the checks. I don’t believe that for a minute, somehow or another the checks are going to go out.

But if you really wanted to live within the technicalities of law, there’s a very simple thing you could do. We owe the Federal Reserve 1.6 trillion dollars. Well, that’s not a real debt – they bought those treasury bills with money out of thin air. We could just write that off or quit paying the interest, tide ourselves over and get down to serious business to cut back and live within our means. And that would be a solution. But to increase the national debt will only encourage another type of default, and that’s what we’re going through. We’re engaged in the most difficult and a very bad way of defaulting; and that is through the destruction of the currency. Today we have an inflation rate of 9%, and that is defaulting. So if a government can default and print money, and if they can get a 50% inflation rate over a period of time, they’ve cut that debt in half. That is the goal, that is what’s happening, and that is very, very serious.

Just in these last 3 years in dealing with this crisis, the dollar has been devalued 50% against gold, and gold, of course, is the best measurement of the value of a currency and it’s been that way for thousands of years and it cannot be denied because it’s economic law. So we are defaulting, and when the American people go out and start buying goods and services, like they are now, they’re recognizing it costs a lot of money. So right now, we’re in the early stages of rampant inflation, which means we’re going to be hit with higher prices and higher interest rates. That is going to be a tax. So I see the only solution, and that is to cut spending.

Now the reason we don’t cut spending is one side loves entitlements, and the other side loves war. And even this token attempt of a 100 billion dollars of cuts when we have this huge, huge deficit… But there’s no mention of cutting military spending. I don’t want to cut defense spending. This military spending doesn’t defend us, it makes things worse.

Our problem in this country doesn’t come only from the Congress, it comes from the people! The people still have a strong appetite for big government programs. They’re not willing to cut, they think government can take care of us from cradle to grave, and that we can be the policeman of the world. So someday, we as a country, we as a people, and we as a Congress, will have to say, “What should the role of government be?” The founders had a pretty strong suggestion, they wrote a constitution that said the government should be very limited, and the government should be protecting our liberties and providing national defense and a sound currency. We don’t do any of that. We’ve embarked on a course that was destined to end badly and this is where we are today.

So if we don’t understand this, this default will not be because we don’t send out the checks – we will send out the checks – it will be defaulted on because people will get their money back, or they will get their Social Security checks, and it won’t buy anything.

That is much, much worse than facing the fact that we not raise the debt limit and work our way out of this. That is devastating economically, and it’s devastating politically, because if we just saw a taste of what happens, how the anger is built when you see other countries in Europe now defaulting and can’t pay their bills. So this is more significant than ever, because we provide the reserve currency of the world.

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    Write Ron Paul 2012 on every bill in your wallet or purse. Spread the word that media will not.


  • 1eyednewt

    I’m concerned about Lady GooGoo!

  • ImperfectCitizen

    HOO RA!!!!

  • femogiga

    It’s called a PONZI SCHEME. the ” free Market ” capitalism being practiced is a ponzi scheme that need more money to keep it going. Remove the funding and the house of card come crashing down and thing never return to being the same

  • TonyUnplugged

    A light in the darkness.

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  • mjs1231

    The only solution.
    Re declare our independence
    restore a gold backed currency


  • zombiesack

    min 4;30 is the truth. they want to repeat history because they know what will happen and they know how they will benifit

  • gweb214

    I just jizzed

  • ditendo

    He is the only person who address the problems from the root cause.

  • AmpSanders

    sarcasm alert! Ron Paul is definitely Al Queda, he’s the leader….as a matter of fact, he funded the Nazi’s too…and ANNND supported Julius knwo what else he did…he caused the war in Libya and everything bad that happens is Ron Pauls fault. see people, Ron Paul is perhaps not what this country wants…but he is what this country needs right now. You can even come close to attributing any such decisions I mentioned to him. In fact, he’s the only one I hear speaking against it.

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    Somebody played Monopoly with the USA and the last 10 presidents have been strongly engaged……. .

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    Ron Paul is the only politician I trust

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  • ss32000

    Viewers of this video have an obligation to spread the message. We can’t let the media control the messages and influence the voters like they have in past elections.

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    The Fed, IRS &“Progressive” Fascist Statism gives corrupt crony corporatist politicians the power to redistribute, borrow, debase & regulate to centrally plan i.e. BUY “support” from Unions (UAW), “Too Big to Fail” Corporations (GM, banks), the Military-Industrial Complex (endless wars) & Wall Street cartel.

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  • Bluzmann

    Finally, someone is talking about how nobody’s talking about cutting defense spending. No surprise it’s the voice of Ron Paul. Paul Ryan’s budget plan doesn’t touch defense spending. The Dems, you’d think, would go after defense; their silence is deafening. This issue, more than any I can remember, succinctly points out that there is really no difference between the two parties except on the issues they use to divide the electorate such as abortion, gay marriage etc.