Skip to comments.Debt-Free United States Notes Were Once Issued Under JFK. U.S. Government Still Has The Same Power.
Posted on 12/19/2011 9:25:57 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Most Americans have no idea that the U.S. government once issued debt-free money directly into circulation. America once thrived under a debt-free monetary system, and we can do it again. The truth is that the United States is a sovereign nation and it does not need to borrow money from anyone. Back in the days of JFK, Federal Reserve Notes were not the only currency in circulation. Under JFK (at at various other times), a limited number of debt-free United States Notes were issued by the U.S. Treasury and spent by the U.S. government without any new debt being created. In fact, each bill said "United States Note" right at the top. Unfortunately, United States Notes are not being issued today. If you stop right now and pull a dollar out of your wallet, what does it say right at the top? It says "Federal Reserve Note". Normally, the way our current system works is that whenever more Federal Reserve Notes are created more debt is also created. This debt-based monetary system is systematically destroying the wealth of this nation. But it does not have to be this way. The truth is that the U.S. government still has the power under the U.S. Constitution to issue debt-free money, and we need to educate the American people about this.
Posted below are pictures of the front and the back of a United States Note printed in 1963 while JFK was president....
Notice that there is a red seal instead of a green seal on the front, and it says "United States Note" rather than "Federal Reserve Note".
According to Wikipedia, United States Notes were issued directly into circulation by the U.S. Treasury and they were first used during the Civil War....
They were originally issued directly into circulation by the U.S. Treasury to pay expenses incurred by the Union during the American Civil War. Over the next century, the legislation governing these notes was modified many times and numerous versions have been issued by the Treasury.
So why are we using debt-based Federal Reserve Notes today instead of debt-free United States Notes?
It seems rather stupid, doesn't it?
Well, that is what Thomas Edison thought too.
Thomas Edison was once quoted in the New York Times as saying the following....
That is to say, under the old way any time we wish to add to the national wealth we are compelled to add to the national debt.
Now, that is what Henry Ford wants to prevent. He thinks it is stupid, and so do I, that for the loan of $30,000,000 of their own money the people of the United States should be compelled to pay $66,000,000 that is what it amounts to, with interest. People who will not turn a shovelful of dirt nor contribute a pound of material will collect more money from the United States than will the people who supply the material and do the work. That is the terrible thing about interest. In all our great bond issues the interest is always greater than the principal. All of the great public works cost more than twice the actual cost, on that account. Under the present system of doing business we simply add 120 to 150 per cent, to the stated cost.
But here is the point: If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill. The element that makes the bond good makes the bill good.
Our current debt-based monetary system was devised by greedy bankers that wanted to make huge profits by creating money out of thin air and lending it to the U.S. government at interest.
Sadly, the vast majority of the American people have no idea how money is actually created in this nation.
In a previous article about money and debt, I explained how more government debt is created whenever the U.S. government puts more money into circulation....
When the government wants more money, the U.S. government swaps U.S. Treasury bonds for "Federal Reserve notes", thus creating more government debt. Usually the money isn't even printed up - most of the time it is just electronically credited to the government. The Federal Reserve creates these "Federal Reserve notes" out of thin air. These Federal Reserve notes are backed by nothing and have no intrinsic value of their own.
When each new Federal Reserve Note is created, the interest owed by the federal government on that new Federal Reserve Note is not also created at the same time.
So the amount of government debt that is created actually exceeds the amount of money that is created.
Isn't that a stupid system?
The U.S. Constitution says that the federal government is the one that should actually be issuing our money.
In particular, according to Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, it is the U.S. Congress that has been given the responsibility to "coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures".
So why is a private central banking cartel issuing our money?
As is the case with so many other issues, we desperately need to get back to the way the U.S. Constitution says that we should be doing things.
The debt-based Federal Reserve system is literally stealing the future from our children and our grandchildren.
Back in 1910, a couple years prior to the passage of the Federal Reserve Act, the national debt was only about $2.6 billion.
A little over 100 years later, our national debt is now more than 5000 times larger.
So why don't we just admit that this system simply does not work?
Our current debt-based monetary system also requires very high personal income taxes to pay for it.
In fact, it is no accident that the personal income tax was introduced at about the same time that the Federal Reserve system originally came into existence.
Our children, our grandchildren and many generations after that are facing a lifetime of debt slavery because of us.
As I have written about previously, if the federal government began right at this moment to repay the U.S. national debt at a rate of one dollar per second, it would take over 440,000 years to pay off the national debt.
Neither the Republicans or the Democrats are proposing any solutions to this problem. Rather, both parties are only trying to slow down the rate at which we are going into even more debt.
But the truth is that the federal government does not have to go into a single penny of additional debt.
How could this be?
It is not too complicated.
If Congress took back the power over our currency and started issuing debt-free money a lot of our problems could be fixed.
A basic plan would look something like this....
#1) The U.S. Congress votes to take back all of the functions that it has delegated to the Federal Reserve and begins to issue debt-free United States Notes. These United States Notes would have the exact same value as existing Federal Reserve Notes, and over time all existing Federal Reserve Notes would be taken out of circulation.
#2) The U.S. Congress nationalizes all debt held by the Federal Reserve. That would instantly reduce the national debt by 1.6 trillion dollars. In fact, there are a few members of Congress that have already proposed this.
#3) A Constitutional amendment is passed limiting future U.S. government deficits to a reasonable percentage of GDP. Any future deficits would not be funded by borrowing. Rather, future deficits would be funded by newly created Federal Reserve Notes. Therefore, the federal government would never again accumulate another penny of debt.
And it would be important to inject new money into the economy from time to time. When existing money is destroyed or when the population grows it is important to inject a certain amount of new money into the system in order to avoid deflation.
#4) The existing national debt would be very slowly paid off with newly created United States Notes. The U.S. government spent over 454 billion dollars on interest on the national debt during fiscal year 2011, and over time this expense would go to zero.
If the national debt is paid off slowly enough, it would not create too much inflation. I believe that it could be paid off gradually over 50 years without shocking the economy too much.
There are some that would object to any measure that would ever cause a small amount of inflation, but my contention is that we have created a $15 trillion dollar debt mess for future generations, and it would be absolutely criminal to pass that legacy on to them.
We created this mess, and it is our responsibility to clean it up.
While there is certainly a danger that we would have a limited amount of inflation under a debt-free monetary system such as the one described above, the reality is that we are absolutely guaranteed inflation under the Federal Reserve system.
Most Americans believe that inflation is a fact of life, but the sad truth is that the United States has only had a major, ongoing problem with inflation since the Federal Reserve was created back in 1913.
If you do not believe this, just check out this chart.
Sadly, the U.S. dollar has lost well over 95 percent of its value since the Federal Reserve was created.
So, yes, there would be a need for strict monetary discipline under a debt-free monetary system, but it would be hard to do worse than the Federal Reserve has already been doing.
And Congress could always slow down inflation using other methods. For example, raising the reserve requirements for banks (which should be done anyway) would help keep inflation in check.
If the above proposals were adopted, the end result would be something that we could all live with. The Federal Reserve system would be abolished, the national debt burden on future generations would be wiped out, the economy would not have to go through a devastating economic collapse that could last a decade or longer, and we could eventually make a fairly smooth transition to "hard money" if we wanted to after the national debt is gone.
Is there any other proposal out there that does all of those things?
There are many out there that would dispute some of the points above, and debate is good. By engaging in debate, we can hopefully help educate the American people about the nature of money.
The key is to get rid of our current debt-based Federal Reserve Notes and replace them with debt-free United States Notes.
The American people need to understand that it is a lie that the U.S. government "must" borrow money from somebody else.
When the U.S. government borrows money, it slowly transfers wealth from the American people to those that borrowed it.
At this point, we have created a financial nightmare for future generations that is unlike anything the world has ever seen before. We owe it to future generations to eliminate the debt problem without destroying the United States economy. Adopting debt-free money would allow us to do that.
But sadly, neither political party is even talking about debt-free money. In fact, most of the politicians in both political parties probably do not even know what debt-free money is.
So we need to get the American people educated about these things. Because if we stay on the course that we are currently on, an economic collapse is inevitable.
I had a one dollar silver certificate which I gave my Granddaughter. I am sure I read some time back that they are not even considered legal tender any more.
Is that right?
I know you can no longer turn them in for silver.
And people wonder why he ended up with a bullet in his head.
Lincoln issued 1.8 billion in notes. Kennedy 4.3 billion. Shortly after they were killed the Greenbacks and U.S. treasury notes not only ceased to be created but also were removed from circulation.
The Secret of Oz - Winner, Best Docu of 2010 v.1.09.11
By the way, the maker of this documentary, BILL STILL, is running in the Libertarian primary for their candidate to be President.
This subject is what Ron Paul is getting at...
But America still thinks currency is money.. when it isn’t..
They're called Federal Reserve Notes. They come in lots of handy denominations.
Unless this money is backed by a form of collateral (US notes were backed by gold and silver), it is fiat money and eventually be worth only the paper it is printed on.
Here's the chart at that link:
If you notice the huge ramp up in the 1970's, that was due to Nixon taking us off the gold standard. At the time it was called the "Nixon Shock".
...The Nixon Shock was a series of economic measures taken by U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1971 including unilaterally cancelling the direct convertibility of the United States dollar to gold that essentially ended the existing Bretton Woods system of international financial exchange...
Hard to take a blog called “The Economic Collapse” very seriously.
And why isn’t this blog under Bloggers, Mr. SeekAndFind?
Tell me about it.
In a previous article about money and debt, I explained how more government debt is created whenever the U.S. government puts more money into circulation....
For example, the guy who wrote this.
When the government wants more money, the U.S. government swaps U.S. Treasury bonds for "Federal Reserve notes", thus creating more government debt.
Wrong. The government doesn't want FRNs, so it doesn't swap bonds for them. When the government wants more money, they sell bonds to primary dealers as well as to individuals.
When each new Federal Reserve Note is created, the interest owed by the federal government on that new Federal Reserve Note.....
The Treasury doesn't borrow FRNs, why would they owe interest on them?
So we need to get the American people educated about these things.
Great idea. You first. LOL!
This video was a must see for me. I started watching it again last night.
Is that right?
According to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing they are still legal tender. They are probably removed from circulation whenever a bank catches them, just like when a teller separated the old $100s from the new ones when I returned from Las Vegas one time. (She stacked them back together when I asked her why she had separate stacks, which was odder than just saying that the old ones weren't going back into circulation)
p.s. - I’d pay a penny for the thoughts of someone like a Paul Ryan on this video...
yes it is... send them all to me and I will dispose of them properly for you no charge.
I’m pretty sure there are one or more of these on display at the Bataan Memorial conference room at Fort Ord in Monterey, CA.
Why would it elect to pay interest when it could elect not to? It is a discipline. Let the government produce debt without limit, and the dollar ceases to be scarce - at which point the value of the dollar goes to zero. At which point it does not matter how many dollars the government prints, because it has lost the ability to print money. On the other side of the ensuing financial collapse, there is a man on horseback . . .
“Unless this money is backed by a form of collateral (US notes were backed by gold and silver), it is fiat money and eventually be worth only the paper it is printed on.”
Not necessarily. Any currency the government accepts as payment for taxes is real money.
First the writer is speaking of currency, not money. I would be interested to know which part of the Constitution authorizes the US Government to issue (I think he means create. Words do mean things.) paper money. Finding this should be rather tricky as Madison said in the Federalist Papers that one of the clauses of the Constitution was included to protect the people from the pestilent effects of paper money. (Federalist No. 44)
to maximize monetary stability, the treasury notes would have to be 100% backed by gold.
Currently, private banks create money by ledger entry and loan it to the government at interest. Private bankers use unlimited money-creation powers to control the media, academia, many pastors, corporations, and individual politicians. That is why the government pays bankers interest instead of creating its own money.
There are some posts herein which clearly don’t understand, likely don’t want to either. Our _money_ is the largest scam in world history.
This is a little known bit of trivia about the Kennedy administration. He was assasinated a few months after this program started. From what I understand, Johnson’s first executive order upon taking office was to end this program.
This has long been my favorite. See my previous post. It's always wise to follow the money.
What convinced me was a History Channel special back in 2003, the 40th anniversary. Each evening for a week was devoted to a different theory or a combination of theories. Most of them were too complicated and involved too many people and/or too many agencies (CIA, etc.). The LBJ theory was not only convincing in its simplicity and small number of co-conspirators, but an interview with LBJ's mistress absolutely cemented it for me.
The lady was rational and credible. She said that LBJ always treated her tenderly except once when she asked about this rumor. He looked at her as if he was going to kill her and warned her never to speak of it again.
Now, I suppose it is entirely possible that LBJ's handlers in the New World Order gave him yet another motive to go through with the plot in addition to fear of being dropped from the VP slot in 1964, something JFK was openly considering with trusted advisors given that the LBJ scandals were about to blow. Google the Bobby Baker story sometime and see what you think.
US notes were issued until 1971.