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Bernanke Tries To Explain Why A Ponzi Scheme Is A Perfectly Acceptable System For Post Civil-War America, Fails

Tyler Durden
Zero Hedge
March 10, 2011

The following exchange between Ben Bernanke and Senator Kirk is a must watch for everyone who wonders how Ben Bernanke justifies the fact that America is now an open Ponzi scheme. Kirk’s question “in laymen’s terms this is one part of the government lending another part of the government money, which would not let to long term confidence once the American people understood the basics a little bit better” relates to the open monetization that the Fed does each and every day at least until the end of June.

What Kirk did not ask is what happens when the American people realize just how truly preposterous the Ponzi is, and that all the interest “paid” by the Treasury to the Fed ends up being remitted as cash right back to the Treasury as revenue in essence incentivizing the Treasury to spend and borrow more in order to earn more! This is the most circular Weimarian nightmare scenario imaginable, and we can only hope that “the American people” understand this as soon as possible.

As to Bernanke’s surprise that the US had a currency without any Federal debt to back it up (yes, it is possible to live within one’s means, even for a central bank) can we remind the Chairman that the gold on the Fed’s balance sheet, all eight tungsten thousand tons of it, is actually Marked to Market to almost $300 billion, and can by definition be used as a pledge to any liability, such as a currency or excess reserves.

But oh yes, how could we forget, using just gold as an asset would never afford us the kind of adamantium price stability that we have seen in recent times. Plus how on earth could one infinitely dilute the dollar if the Fed’s balance sheet was limited by actual “assets” that do not require Hewlett Packard tech support every now and then.

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