Ron Paul: New Fed Boss, Same as the Old Boss

by Ron Paul

The news that Janet Yellen was nominated to become the next Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System was greeted with joy by financial markets and the financial press. Wall Street saw Yellen’s nomination as a harbinger of continued easy money. Contrast this with the hand-wringing that took place when Larry Summers’ name was still in the running. Pundits worried that Summers would be too cautious, too hawkish on inflation, or too close to big banks.

The reality is that there wouldn’t have been a dime’s worth of difference between Yellen’s and Summers’ monetary policy. No matter who is at the top, the conduct of monetary policy will be largely unchanged: large-scale money printing to bail out big banks. There may be some fiddling around the edges, but any monetary policy changes will be in style only, not in substance.

Yellen, like Bernanke, Summers, and everyone else within the Fed’s orbit, believes in Keynesian economics. To economists of Yellen’s persuasion, the solution to recession is to stimulate spending by creating more money. Wall Street need not worry about tapering of the Fed’s massive program of quantitative easing under Yellen’s reign. If anything, the Fed’s trillion dollars of yearly money creation may even increase.

What is obvious to most people not captured by the system is that the Fed’s loose monetary policy was the root cause of the current financial crisis. Just like the Great Depression, the stagflation of the 1970s, and every other recession of the past century, the current crisis resulted from the creation of money and credit by the Federal Reserve, which led to unsustainable economic booms.

Rather than allowing the malinvestments and bad debts caused by its money creation to liquidate, the Fed continually tries to prop them up. It pumps more and more money into the system, piling debt on top of debt on top of debt. Yellen will continue along those lines, and she might even end up being Ben Bernanke on steroids.

To Yellen, the booms and bust of the business cycle are random, unforeseen events that take place just because. The possibility that the Fed itself could be responsible for the booms and busts of the business cycle would never enter her head. Nor would such thoughts cross the minds of the hundreds of economists employed by the Fed. They will continue to think the same way they have for decades, interpreting economic data and market performance through the same distorted Keynesian lens, and advocating for the same flawed policies over and over.

As a result, the American people will continue to suffer decreases in the purchasing power of the dollar and a diminished standard of living. The phony recovery we find ourselves in is only due to the Fed’s easy money policies. But the Fed cannot continue to purchase trillions of dollars of assets forever. Quantitative easing must end sometime, and at that point the economy will face the prospect of rising interest rates, mountains of bad debt and malinvested resources, and a Federal Reserve which holds several trillion dollars of worthless bonds.

The future of the US economy with Chairman Yellen at the helm is grim indeed, which provides all the more reason to end our system of central economic planning by getting rid of the Federal Reserve entirely. Ripping off the bandage may hurt some in the short run, but in the long term everyone will be better off. Anyway, most of this pain will be borne by the politicians, big banks, and other special interests who profit from the current system. Ending this current system of crony capitalism and moving to sound money and free markets is the only way to return to economic prosperity and a vibrant middle class.


  • There’s way too much that needs to be done to bring real growth. Just wait for the crash of the dollar and hopefully we can rebuild after that in the right way.

  • Can’t wait for it to come to an end already.

  • Dr. Ron Paul for President.. hands-up the Fed’s and hand-over the debt ceiling..

  • JOHN

    PLEASE SEE to understand what is wrong and to see how money should work for the good of the people.

  • The good ole Israel citizens continue controlling america.

  • …and what do you think the “free market” does?

  • Ron Paul loves free markets. Free trade agreements are bogus and only enrich corporations.

  • /watch?v=qWrpwvXOLX8 – dc protest

  • I know that… It baffles the shit outta me too…. I wish he’d be more like Pat Buchanan when it comes to trade.

  • but Ron Paul loves free trade!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • We need more money. Save us Jebus! Save us Jebus! We need more money!

  • “That’s the only thing that’ll bring GOOD manufacturing jobs back to America.”

    manufacturing jobs that have left america are gone. The only change that will bring them back is if wages, benefits, and business taxes drop and environmental policies become lax enough to undercut huge savings realized in other countries. Those in control will not give up profit so easily. They simply move their operations over seas…money has no boarders or patriotic issues.

  • Milton Friedman would have been proud of Ron.

  • Impeach Obama…Peaceful revolution with some public executions!

  • To regain a “vibrant Middle Class”… we need to do more than just end the Fed… We need to get out of NAFTA, GATT and the WTO…. That’s the only thing that’ll bring GOOD manufacturing jobs back to America.

  • From one jooish Bolshevik to a JEWESS one… Because everyone seems to be onto this, I’m surprised they didn’t nominate a token Goy….. Seems they’re just THAT brazen.

  • IRS works for government scum.



  • Ron Paul, Do you eat gummi bears?