04.30.2010 0

Too Hot Not to Note: The Recovery Starts With Sound Money

  • On: 05/28/2010 12:10:04
  • In: Monetary Policy

  • ALG Editor’s Note: In the following featured oped from the Wall Street Journal, Judy Shelton makes the case for the gold standard in a world where the investing public is losing confidence in paper money:

    The Recovery Starts With Sound Money

    By Judy Shelton

    The euro is beset with fiscal calamities that threaten its downfall, and markets in the U.S. are roiled by uncertainty over the government’s financial regulatory legislation. But don’t worry. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner meets with European finance officials today to discuss the economic situation. According to a Treasury Department statement, they will focus on “measures being taken to restore global confidence and financial stability.” So everything is under control.

    Right.

    What government policy makers in the U.S. and Europe fail to realize is that far from being seen as capable of delivering economic salvation, they are increasingly perceived as primary contributors to global financial ruin. Whether it’s the fiscal recklessness of spendthrift politicians or the refusal of government officials to acknowledge failings—distorting mortgage markets through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, skewing assessments of credit risk through loose monetary policy—the influence of government over the real economy is proving disastrous.

    No wonder people are flocking to gold as they flee government-supplied money. Neither the dollar nor the euro inspires much global confidence; despite the dollar’s relative safe-haven status, neither currency holds out the promise of financial stability.

    Get full story here.


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