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End the Fed
by Ron Paul
Grand Central Publishing
ISBN 978-0-446-54919-6
Published September 2009 - Hardcover - 212 pages - $21.99

I like Dr. Ron Paul.  I like what he stands for and that he's not afraid to share his beliefs and knowledge and political ideas.  What I don't understand is why only two candidates are ever favored when there are more than two who run for presidency.  There are not only two political parties, yet only two are ever featured in a presidential race.  Why is this?  I think it's all because of money.  Dr. Ron Paul is an upstanding pillar of society who has served his country, believes in God, and in what's right and good and in liberty.  What more do we want in a leader?  In this book he explains the role of the Federal Reserve, the controllers of the country's money, and how it was put together (which started back in 1907).  Ever heard the expression "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer."?  Unless you understand, really comprehend the control that the Federal Reserve has over your money, you'll continue to be "poorer".  It's vital that every American understands how they're being manipulated into thinking all will be okay in the money world, eventually.  Dr. Paul says, and which I think sums up our situation, "Our problems, of course, have been that we, as a nation, have consumed our earnings plus the borrowing required to satisfy our ravenous appetite for consumer goods".  Things are not getting better and it's not likely to get any better in the present situation where the Federal Reserve acts and works in secrecy and reports to no one.  The economy needn't have become so bad in the first place.  Ron Paul's gripe with the Fed is a legitimate one, and I'm glad he's showed us what they and their cronies are all about.  Paul says by ending the Fed, "...would bring an end to dollar depreciation.  It would take away from the government the means to fund its endless wars.  It would curb the government's attacks on the civil liberties of America, stop its vast debt accumulation that will be paid by future generations, ...".  Ron Paul favors a return to the gold standard, and he explains why.  I found Paul's inclusion of Alan Greenspan's opening line from his article "Gold and Economic Freedom" bizarre in relation to the current financial situation we find ourselves in: "In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation.  There is no safe store of value.  If there were, the government would have to make its holding illegal, as was done in the case of gold." (p. 81)  Sometimes I find all this political/money talk hard to fathom and follow, so my guess is that all proposals are going to have to be spelled out in really simple terms, for the really simple people in this country to fully appreciate Mr. Paul's alarming message.  Good bits I found were these: "The dollar's soundness depends on its being untied from the machine that can make an infinite number of copies of dollars and reduce their value to zero". (p. 10)  "And the Fed is protected by the Federal Reserve Act.  That's why the Federal Reserve chairman has no obligation to answer questions that relate to Federal Open Market Committee meetings and actions taken in collusion with other central banks." (p. 50)  "Better political decisions will be made when more people and members of Congress understand how all these backroom deals by the Federal Reserve only serve the interests of the elite and destroy the economy that average Americans depend on." (p. 122)  "Like an individual, a whole nation must accept a decrease in the standard of living if the debt-inflationary system finances an illusion of wealth." (p. 130)  "Paper money advocates make promises to the masses in order to appease them, while they are convinced by their own superiority that they can acquire wealth themselves, control the government for the good of the people, and bring paradise to the world." (p.133)  "Inflation is the absolute enemy of the workingman.  Inflation is the most vicious and regressive of all forms of taxation.  It transfers wealth from the middle class to the privilged rich." (p. 134)  I feel that everyone has a right to hear everything about their government (the ones they put into government), and to hear all about their money.
Visit Dr. Ron Paul's website at www.ronpaul.org.
See my review of Ron Paul's other book, The Revolution, A Manifesto.
Conclusion - This man makes so much sense.  He is worth reading and of serious consideration of his words.

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