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.

  • methson

    I love Dr. Paul the most!

  • ally4free1

    i have no clue how anyone listening to this cannot understand that Ron Paul is the only politician that gives a shit about the people and is not power hungry and imperealist like the rest of the neros wonting to be president


  • xeppo

    Ron Paul = genius

  • WoodlandRavah

    Cause thats what private citizens do when they get into financial trouble, break out the credit cards… lolz
    Ron Paul You’re The Man!
    Since Reagan all of our taxes have gone to the Federal Reserve in the form of interest payments on already borrowed money. Check the interest rate, our total debt, and our GDP, the IMF is literally enslaving the US.
    If you H8 the NWO stop paying your federal taxes. “CLEPTOCRACY” = The World as is…

  • xtop23

    My God ….. Dr. Paul is so amazing. Are people really so stupid that they can’t recognize his genius?


    I wonder how many Americans still believe the Federal Reserve is own by Americans?

    I’m guesting the same amount of people who DON’T know that a THIRD building collasped on 9/11..WTC7


    Continue sending $3 billion a year to Israhell, America, everything is FINE…LOL.

  • soulfeltart

    Excuse me Mr. Speaker, but “This Gentleman’s Time” will NEVER expire- The Ideas/attitudes/philosophies of Liberty, Freedom, Prosperity, Sound Economics(Austrian FREE Markets), A Sound money that CAN NOT be Counterfeited, Non-Interventionism, OUR Constitution that ensures all of the fore-mentioned issues are Protected from forces that seek to ignore,destroy, control us. We have just begun- and this Revolutionary tide is unbelievably strong and growing. Ron Paul 2012

  • anthropomorphosizeme

    nothing beats common sense

  • TorontoSportsNetwork

    It is such a shame that the media is controlled by the elite and will not stand for supporting Ron Paul because he stands for everything that they do not. They want the FED, they want prohibition of illegal drugs (Marijuana), they want the wars in the Middle East, they want the debt to raise taxes and put a stress on the people.
    Ron Paul

  • shawondemand

    I love Ron Paul but i doubt his intellectual speeches will have any affect on the majority of congress because the majority of them are bought out by big companies.

  • 5T4RSCREAM144

    Go Ron Paul!!!

  • 5T4RSCREAM144

    Love the solution…


    Well America, it looks like time has finally got up to you.

    The countless military bases and wars you have caused has bankrupt you.

    Have a nice day

  • w0y1z92753

    I like Gerald Celente’s analogy. “It’s like you have 2 mortgages currently, that you can’t pay. After discussion with your bank manager, you decide to take out a third mortgage. Extending the debt ceiling is lunacy”.

  • acotytamwiesz

    outstanding speech . wake up, Americans..

  • MrChatt360

    Buy as much gold, silver, guns, ammo, and food as you can prices are about to skyrocket and unless Ron Paul makes President all hell will break loose good luck dont forget today is money bomb day july 19th for Ron Paul dontations he doesnt get support from big banks Like the other guys even if you can only donate five bucks it will help alot ,imagine if 20,00 people donated 5 bucks 🙂 Ron Paul 2012!!

  • crazeyspivey

    Excellent speech by Ron Paul!!!!! I agree……start by defaulting on the so-called debt that we owe the illegal cabal known as the Federal Reserve. Here is our next President, but I wonder if it may be too late to prevent a dollar collapse.

  • rhcprh

    Dr. Ron Paul keeps stating the obvious – why is he the only one in Congress who can see the obvious? Vote for him in 2012!

  • ddhsaclu

    excellent speech. EFF and ACLU for civil liberties

  • thunderon100

    i love you Ron Paul!