Ron Paul: “I had a Federal Reserve Board Chairman testify before the committee that the gold standard had some merits but it was unnecessary because central bankers have now learned how to manage a Fiat currency in a manner in which it would mimic the gold standard. Would anybody care to comment about where the flaw is in that thinking?”
Mr. Lehrman: “I am anxious to comment on that, Dr. Paul. Under–and I must say Mr. Greenspan made the same insipid remark. Mr. Greenspan and Mr. Bernanke will have to then explain why it was that two of the greatest booms in American history, and two of the greatest panics and busts in American financial history, occurred under their 25-year watch…”
Mr. Grant: “The failure of AIG is so instructive in this respect. AIG, this immense insurance company with this ever so brilliant financial products group, didn’t do one thing. It didn’t mark its positions to market. Finally came the day of judgment and it argued with Goldman Sachs about what these things were worth, AIG said 100 cents on the dollar, Goldman Sachs said not close, Goldman Sachs won that debate and AIG failed.
As with AIG and Goldman Sachs, so it is today with the United States and its Asian trading partners. We never clear our trades. Our dollars go there, and they come right back here. We run twenty five consecutive years of debts on a current account and there will be for us, as there was for AIG, a moment in truth in which we must settle.”
U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Financial Services, Testimony of March 17, 2011