The Book of Ron Paul
2012 Ron Paul Chapter 12
24 July 2012
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Mr. ISSA. Mr. Speaker, its now my honor to yield 2 minutes to the gentleman from Texas (Mr. PAUL), the author of this bill and the man who understands that not knowing should never be an answer.
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Mr. PAUL. I thank the gentleman for yielding.
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I rise, obviously, in strong support of this legislation. I dont know how anybody could be against transparency.
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They want secrecy, especially when the secrecy is to protect individuals who deal in trillions of dollars, much bigger than what the Congress does. And these trillions of dollars bail out all the wealthy, rich people; the banks and the big corporations; international, overseas banks; bailing out Europe; dealing with central banks around Europe and different places.
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And to say that we should have secrecy and to say that its political to have transparency, well, its very political when you have a Federal Reserve that can bail out one company and not another company. Thats pretty political.
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I think when people talk about independence and having this privacy of the central bank means they want secrecy, and secrecy is not good. We should have privacy for the individual, but we should have openness of government all the time, and weve drifted a long way from that.
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The bill essentially removes the prohibitions against a full audit. To audit, we should know what kind of transactions there are. We should know about the deals that they made when they were fixing the price of LIBOR. These are the kinds of things that have gone on for years that we have no access to.
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Congress has this responsibility. We are reneging on our responsibility. We have had the responsibility and we have not done it, so it is up to us to reassert ourselves.
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The Constitution is very clear who has the responsibility, but the law conflicts with the Constitution. The law comes along and says the Congress cant do it. Well, you cant change the Constitution and prohibit the Congress from finding out whats going on by writing a law, and this is what has happened.
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So it is time that we repeal this prohibition against a full audit of the Federal Reserve. We deserve it. The American people deserve it. The American people know about it and understand it, and thats what theyre asking for. Theyre sick and tired of what happened in the bailout, where the wealthy got bailed out and the poor lost their jobs and they lost their homes.