Last edited by Jamesiv1; 08-25-2012 at 09:41 AM.
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"For the love of money is the root of all evil..."
I Timothy 6:10, KJV 1611
FDR, by unilateral executive order, he made it illegal for American citizens to own any gold coins that had no numismatic value. The government paid the owners $20.67 per ounce. Once the gold was in the possession of the Treasury, Roosevelt officially hiked the price to $35 on January 31, 1934.
The Fed then bought the gold from the Treasury by creating new money - the Federal Reserve Note.
This newly issued money was then spent into circulation by the Treasury. The Fed now holds the gold— demonetized.
Note: the Federal Reserve Note is not backed by gold - that is, it was not redeemable for gold (as its possession was now illegal). It, itself, is redeemable for itself. You go to the bank with a $20 and ask for it to be redeemed, they give 2 x $10....
This is how the Federal Reserve Note came to exist and it has nothing to do with "debt" - it has to do with the demonetization of another commodity that was money - which then created the FRN to be money.
While it is true that that the FED increases the money supply by purchasing interest-bearing IOU's from the market ...though typically it focuses on Government debt ... it is not correct to claim such money is based on debt.
This is important to understand, since there is this strong believe that if all the debt was repaid, there would be no money.
That is, factually, false as you can now understand with knowing how the FRN was born.
^^^ MODERN MONEY MECHANICS. Go learn something.
So accordingly, it's the US government who holds that gold IF it's actually there or some other country doesn't have a lien on it
It does NOT matter who has gold, they'll have to SPEND to get the goods & services from other people & they'll also INVEST it to produce more goods & services & so on
"Money", no matter whether it's gold or whatever is NOT end in itself, it's a means to an end, it's a means to exchanging for goods & services in return
Most of the world's gold though is held in private hands, it's only recently that some central-banks have turned net-buyers but masses in India & China & people elsewhere have most of the gold, many who value it as a store of purchasing-power as well as a status-symbol & tradition
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- Milton Friedman
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^^^Kind of the reverse of what you said. But you can't say the government has never done anything LIKE it.
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If a person with a vault full of gold doesn't put it into circulation, then they can't use it as money until they do.
Same as if you stuffed your mattress with FRNs. They're good for nothing but stuffing until they get circulated.
“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
- SAMUEL ADAMS