The Federal Reserve vs. Judy Shelton And Gold
The Federal Reserve vs. Judy Shelton And Gold by Kelsey Williams for Gold-Eagle
Those in favor of Judy Shelton’s approval by Congress, pursuant to her nomination to the Federal Reserve Board Of Governors, should not be surprised by the torrent of criticism directed at her.
A letter published and signed by former Federal Reserve officials and staffers called on the Senate to reject her nomination, stating that “Ms. Shelton’s views are so extreme and ill-considered as to be an unnecessary distraction from the tasks at hand…”
Her “extreme” views were referred to in a general statement of condemnation:
“Ms. Shelton has a decades-long record of writings and statements that call into question her fitness for a spot on the Fed’s Board of Governors”. This was followed by citation of the specific issues:
“She has advocated for a return to the gold standard; she has questioned the need for federal deposit insurance; she has even questioned the need for a central bank at all.”
FED CONDEMNATION OF SHELTON IS MOTIVATED BY FEAR
Would these specific views have been considered extreme a century ago? No. Are they extreme now? No. Then why all the fuss?
The statement by former Fed officials has been published openly and is prompted out of fear. Fear of discovery and exposure; and fear of a possible end to the biggest Ponzi scheme of all time.
If someone with Ms. Shelton’s views were to be sitting on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, that individual would have a platform to call attention to the facts at hand. A more public recognition of those facts could change measurably the current perception of the Fed. In addition, it might also signal the possible end of the central bank.
It was established in 1913 by congressional vote. It is, ostensibly, an institution that is responsible for, and actively pursues management of the economy. The goal is economic stability.
PURPOSE OF FEDERAL RESERVE
But that is not its true purpose. The Federal Reserve is a “banker’s bank”. As such it facilitates and orchestrates a financial environment which allows banks to do what they do best – loan money.
On a retail basis, this “power” to create and loan money is best illustrated by the system of fractional-reserve banking. The system of fractional-reserve banking fosters unending expansion of the money supply via loans. That is what banks do: create money, loan it to others, and collect interest. (see: Origin And Danger Of Fractional-Reserve Banking)
The Fed’s expansion of the supply of money and credit, along with additional creation of money in the form of loans granted via fractional-reserve banking, is inflation. The loss of purchasing power of the US dollar and the higher prices you pay over time for all goods and services are the effects of inflation that has already been created by governments and central banks.
If Judy Shelton was confirmed as a member of the Federal Reserve Board, maybe she would she say more about this publicly in her new role. Or maybe she would become silent.
More than forty years ago, a former Fed chairman, who at the tine was an economist and private consultant, received some similar attention because of some not entirely dissimilar viewpoints, particularly about gold and the gold standard. After his appointment as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 1987, Alan Greenspan said very little about gold.