Author of ‘Audit the Fed’ Bill Not Asked for Position on Auditing the Fed
September 13, 2011
Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who has consistently ranked in the top three of the GOP field in 2012, was blatantly skipped last night in the CNN debate on a question to which he has dedicated nearly his entire career in government– the Federal Reserve.
Yes, he has repeatedly introduced bills to audit and end the fed, wrote a book titled End the Fed; he currently chairs the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology and has campaigned heavily on the issue nationally since 2007. But he was not given a response to the questioning the candidates’ positions on auditing the Federal Reserve.
Worst still, it was at the Tea Party debate, a movement Paul also had a hand in founding.
Watch the video:
Tea Party Republican Debate Question #5: Should The Federal Reserve Be Audited?
A CBS article identified the federal reserve as a major ‘target’ in GOP debate rhetoric, but again there was no mention of Paul.
Instead, the focus hinged around reaction to Rick Perry’s ‘treasonous’ statements, in which the Texas Governor has willingly stolen Ron Paul’s thunder on an issue he fought to bring to the surface of political debate. Now that the private Federal Reserve has become an unavoidable issue, there is silence from the man who sought to reign it in. Instead, Herman Cain, himself the former head of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, got time for a response, as did Bachmann, Romeny and Santorum.
CNN published this live blog on the question during the debate:
9:00 p.m. ET–Romney: Of course we should see what the Fed is doing.
8:59 p.m. ET–@CNNSitRoom: Happening now: Send your comments and questions for the first-ever #CNNTeaParty Republican Presidential Debate.
8:58 p.m. ET–Perry stands by statements.
8:58 p.m. ET–Bachmann: That’s up to Gov. Perry. I wouldn’t keep him as chairman. The federal reserve has a lot to answer for. They’ve got to be put on a tight leash.
8:57 p.m. Q: Do you agree with Perry, who came close to accusing Fed chief Bernanke of treason?
8:56 p.m. ET–Cain: Yes it should be audited. And I believe it’s focus needs to be narrowed. I don’t believe in ending the fed, I believe in fixing the Fed.
8:55 p.m. ET– Santorum: Yes. With respect to the last segment, what we need to do is have a pro-growth plan that can pass the Congress with Democratic support.
8:54 p.m. ET–Q from Gastonia, North Carolina: What is your position on the Federal Reserve? Should it be audited?
Perry stood by his statement calling federal reserve action ‘almost treasonous,’ adding that it is a ‘very clear statement of fact’– ready made for a soundbyte. This posturing puts him at the fore of the fed issue in the same public mind that has been convinced he’s the nominee apparent without even a vote.
The media have aided the seizure of the Federal Reserve issue knowingly, helping an empty suit candidate to coopt an issue that is touchy for the ruling oligarchy. Clearly there’s an attempt there to shift public anger on the fed over dollar policies and contain growing awareness about the private bank’s unaccountable actions. Tossing that nuclear football to Rick Perry will ensure that it is dropped, watered down in the coming debates and later wiped from media coverage and much of the public memory once the issue has fizzled.
Of course this tactic is nothing new. Jon Stewart piercingly identified the conspiracy to ignore Ron Paul in the major media, while his viability has also been clear but under-reported– from military donations, online fundraising, polling (even against Obama), straw polls and other indicators, proving the Congressman’s wide appeal.
There’s been an ongoing effort to marginalize Ron Paul and squash his blossoming campaign. And at CNN last night, there were dirty tricks again.