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Murray Sabrin on Free Trade

Republican Senate challenger


Gold standard and free trade mean a check on government

In his N.Y.Times column, "Lust for Gold" (April 12), Paul Krugman embraces monetary inflation as one of the ways to create prosperity. In addition, Krugman's support for deficit spending [shows how] Republican politicians just cannot get enough of the welfare-warfare state.

Compare [Krugman's] conclusion that gold is an artifact of barbarians with Ludwig von Mises's insights about how gold money leads to a check on government spending running amuck: "In the eyes of the free traders [the gold standard's] main eminence was precisely the fact that it was an international standard as required by international trade. The gold standard did not collapse. Governments abolished it in order to pave the way for inflation."

Inflating the money supply creates winners and losers. That is the reality of the Federal Reserve's Quantitative Easing policy, another benign-sounding program that reduces most Americans' standard of living at the expense of the financial elites who are cheerleaders of easy money

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, www.MurraySabrin.com , Apr 14, 2012

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