by Vin Maru, MineWeb.com
Should Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed Bill, now passed by Congress get ratified by the U.S. Senate (perhaps unlikely), would such a move have any direct effect, positive or negative, on the gold price?
July 25, 2012 should go down in history as the date the Federal Reserve may become fully accountable to the US government. A motion to pass the bill as amended was unanimously approved by the house to require a full audit of the boards of governors of the Federal Reserve System and banks. This will be done by the Comptroller General of the US before the end of 2012 and they are required to issue their report within 12 months of enactment. The votes in the House in the bill’s passing this was 326 yea votes to 99 nay votes with 7 non votes. Interestingly enough it was the Republicans that strongly supported this bill with 239 yea and 1 nay vote, while the Democrats voted 88 yea and 98 nay.
There are many hurdles ahead of this bill before it takes effect; it still has to be ratified by the Senate and the President. However, finally getting approved in the House is a step in the right direction. Even if it does pass how much effect will the audit have in reality? Probably not much since the banking institution known as the Federal Reserve operates outside of any law. Even if they are found guilty of any wrong doing in managing the value of the US dollar or being involved in rigging the Libor rate, who will be there to prosecute them? Remember they operate outside the law, so even if they are found guilty, it will be the US citizens and holders of paper/digital US dollars that will somehow pay for it.