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1998 Ron Paul Chapter 51

FDIC Problem

13 May 1998

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Mr. VENTO. I yield 2 minutes to a Member of the committee, Dr. Paul

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Mr. PAUL. I thank the gentleman for yielding. I ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks.

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The Chairwoman. Without objection.

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Mr. PAUL. Thank you. I rise in opposition to the Chairman’s amendment and in strong support of the amendment of the gentlelady’s amendment from New Jersey.

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There are two positions that one could take on this. We could have zero integration, which this amendment would do; or we could think about the market. And the market would just allow it to exist.

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Earlier, somebody quoted Hamilton as being opposed to an integration of commerce in banking. Well, of course, at that particular time in history we had the Jeffersonians, and they were strongly in support of the market and even against central banking.

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So I think, considering all things, that I can’t get my 100 percent, and we certainly don’t want zero. We need to move in a direction, so I would say this very modest request is very justified.

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I think this FDIC insurance is something we should be concerned about, but that’s a different issue for the moment. I object to that, but I do not believe this will solve the FDIC problem.

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We have to think about how we got here. In the 1920s, the Federal Reserve created a lot of credit. They created a boom and a booming stock market and good times. And then the Federal Reserve raised the interest rates and there was a stock market crash and a depression. And out of the Depression came the desire to regulate banking and commerce, saying, that caused the Depression, which was erroneous, because the cause of the depression was excessive credit and then a deflated bubble, which should be all laid at the doorstep of the Federal Reserve.

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Now, this is the size of the Glass-Steagall Act, a few pages, in order to solve a problem that did not exist. But we have been living with this for all these years. And now, over these several years, we have been trying to solve the problem. Now, this is the size of the solution. This is H.R. 10, it’s the Commerce version as well as the Banking version that went to the Rules Committee.

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We need to look at the fundamental cause of our problems and not jump off a cliff and do the wrong thing. I strongly support the Ms. Roukema.


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Madam Chairman, I rise in opposition to the Chairman’s amendment and in strong support of the amendment of the gentlewoman from New Jersey. Here, the Chairman’s amendment is an amendment offered by The Honorable James A, Leach of Iowa, and the gentlewoman from New Jersey is The Honorable Marge Roukema.

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Here, Ron Paul shows the comparative sizes of the Glass-Steagall Act and the much thicker document which is H.R. 10. Listen to the C-Span clip at 18:32:07 local time.

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