1788 – SPEECH AT THE PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE CONVENTION OF NORTH CAROLINA (ON WHETHER TO RATIFY THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES)
“So low and hopeless are the finances of the United States, that, the year before last Congress was obliged to borrow money even, to pay the interest of the principal which we had borrowed before. This wretched resource of turning interest into principal, is the most humiliating and disgraceful measure that a nation could take, and approximates with rapidity to absolute ruin.”
1899 – BIRTH OF ERNEST HEMINGWAY, AUTHOR
“How did you go bankrupt?”
“Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”
From The Sun Also Rises
[The same may be true of our nation today.]
2011 – REPORT BY US SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS ON AUDIT OF THE US FEDERAL RESERVE
“The first top-to-bottom audit of the Federal Reserve uncovered eye-popping new details about how the U.S. provided a whopping $16 trillion in secret loans to bail out American and foreign banks and businesses during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. An amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders to the Wall Street reform law passed one year ago this week directed the Government Accountability Office to conduct the study. “As a result of this audit, we now know that the Federal Reserve provided more than $16 trillion in total financial assistance to some of the largest financial institutions and corporations in the United States and throughout the world,” said Sanders. ‘This is a clear case of socialism for the rich and rugged, you’re-on-your-own individualism for everyone else.’ “ http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/the-fed-audit
1950 – DEATH OF WILLIAM LYON MACKENZIE KING, 10TH PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA, 1935-48.
“Once a nation parts with the control of its currency and credit, it matters not who makes the nations’ laws. Usury, once in control, will wreck any nation. Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most sacred responsibility, all talk of the sovereignty of parliament and of democracy is idle and futile…. The Liberal Party believes that credit is a public matter, not of interest to bankers only, but of direct concern to every citizen. The Liberal Party declares itself in favour of the immediate establishment of a duly constituted national bank for the control of the issue of money in terms of public needs. The flow of money must be in relation with the domestic, social, and industrial needs of the Canadian people…If my party is returned to power, we shall make good our monetary policy in the greatest battle between the money power and the people Canada has ever seen.” Mackenzie King won re-election. The private Bank of Canada, which had been a private corporation, was converted to a “Crown Corporation,” belonging to the people of Canada.
2012 – PUBLISHED ARTICLE IN BLOOMBERGVIEW BY NEIL BAROVSKY, FORMER TROUBLED ASSETS RELIEF PROGRAM (TARP) INSPECTOR GENERAL
“Americans should lose faith in their government. They should deplore the captured politicians and regulators who distributed tax dollars to the banks without insisting that they be accountable. The American people should be revolted by a financial system that rewards failure and protects those who drove it to the point of collapse and will undoubtedly do so again.”
[The same captured politicians by the banking corporations prevents any serious monetary reform – and will no doubt continue until banking corporations and, in fact, all corporations no longer possess the inalienable first amendment constitutional “right to free speech” to lobby and donate/invest in elections]
1862 – DEATH OF MARTIN VAN BUREN, 8TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
“It can only be when the agriculturalists abandon the implements and the field of their labor and become, with those who now assist them, shopkeepers, manufacturers, carriers, and traders, that the Republic will be brought in danger of the influences of the MONEY POWER”
2012 – COMMENTS BY NEIL BAROFKSY, FORMER INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE TROUBLED ASSETS RELIEF PROGRAM ( TARP)
Neil Barofksy says on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that the Treasury Department’s housing policies were “Foaming The Runway For The Banks.” More TARP money went to help American Express than all the struggling homeowners.
1876 – BIRTH OF CONGRESSMAN LOUIS T. MCFADDEN (R-PA), CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE BANKING AND CURRENCY COMMITTEE
“We have in this country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Banks. Some people think the Federal Reserve Banks are U.S. government institutions. They are private credit monopolies; domestic swindlers, rich and predatory money lenders which prey upon the people of the United States for the benefit of themselves and their foreign customers…The truth is the Federal Reserve Board has usurped the Government of the United States by the arrogant credit monopoly which operates the Federal Reserve Board.”
1925 – DEATH OF WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SECRETARY OF STATE
“We say in our platform that we believe that the right to coin money and issue money is a function of government…Those who are opposed to the proposition tell us that the issue of paper money is a function of the bank and that the government ought to go out of the banking business. I stand with Jefferson…and tell them, as he did, that the issue of money is a function of the government and that the banks should go out of the governing business…When we have restored the money of the Constitution, all other necessary reforms will be possible, and … until that is done, there is no reform that can be accomplished.”
1694 – BANK OF ENGLAND FOUNDED
A private central bank, England began to borrow all of its money from corporate banks rather than simply creating it debt-free, as it had for hundreds of years. “The result…is a kind of national financial servitude by an economy almost entirely indentured to private financial interests, a system prefigured in the Roman Republic and, in modern times, first established in Britain with the founding of the Bank of England in 1694…The idea was to subscribe a private bank with capital, and then obtain a monopoly for that bank from the government for the issuance of government debt, allowing for usurious rates; such debt was ultimately issued as bills of credit on that bank and circulated as money.”
2012 – NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS ADOPS A RESOLUTION AT THEIR NATIONAL CONVENTION TO INVESTIGATE ESTABLISHING A POSTAL BANKING SYSTEM
The resolution noted that expanding postal services and developing new sources of revenue are important to the effort to save the public Post Office and preserve living-wage jobs; that many countries have a successful history of postal banking, including Germany, France, Italy, Japan, and the United States itself; and that postal banks could serve the 9 million people who don’t have bank accounts and the 21 million who use usurious check cashers, giving low-income people access to a safe banking system. “A USPS bank would offer a ‘public option’ for banking,” concluded the resolution, “providing basic checking and savings – and no complex financial wheeling and dealing.”
At one time, the Postal Savings System offered savings accounts to depositors, but no loans. When banks failed after the Great Depression, many people shifted their remaining funds. The Postal Savings System held upwards of 20% of the nation’s savings in the mid 1940’s. Commercial/corporate banks opposed the efficient system (post offices served as bank branches) and lobbied for their limitation and finally elimination, which occurred in 1967.
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