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Danger Lampost

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Should the Federal Reserve System be under the control of our elected officials?

According to the United States Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors, the Federal Reserve System "is considered an independent central bank because its monetary policy decisions do not have to be approved by the President or anyone else in the executive or legislative branches of government, it does not receive funding appropriated by the Congress, and the terms of the members of the Board of Governors span multiple presidential and congressional terms." [Source: http://www.federalreserve.gov/faqs/about_14986.htm]

Poll after poll says significant majorities of Americans want to either abolish or open up the U.S. Federal Reserve to public review. [One example: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-09/more-than-half-of-americans-want-fed-reined-in-or-abolished.html.] Since their policy has such a significant impact on all of us (even world wide) , and since the power to control our currency explicitly rests with the Federal Government, you would think Congress could change this if it were not tied up in knots such as it is.

Would anyone - could anyone - argue against putting the Fed under control of our elected officials?

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  • Apr 10 2013: Elected officials don't understand economics. I'd argue first for abolishing the Fed, but before that happens, an audit. to discover what has happened. Of course, the problem, is the current DOJ will not prosecute. After the audit, then I would prefer to see it abandoned. This is the year we need to see it happen. The charter is ending.

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