After years of trying, Texas Rep. Ron Paul finally managed to convince the House to pass a bill calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve, according to ABC News. It passed 327-98.
Paul first introduced the bill a decade ago. Back then he had support in the Senate from a certain senator who first introduced a similar measure in 1989.
“For years I have sponsored legislation that would call for an audit of the Federal Reserve system. I offer that amendment every year. Every year the legislation gets nowhere. I think it would be interesting to know about the Federal Reserve. I think we should audit the Federal Reserve. It’s taxpayer’s money that’s being used there, but we don’t do that,” the senator said.
This is what that senator said on the floor in 1995:
But Harry Reid, Senate majority leader and overlord of the calendar, now vows to not put it to a vote.
But that’s just Harry being Harry. Recall this Olympic-level double back flip with a full twist on the topic of Social Security?
In 1990, he called the spending of Social Security trust fund money on day-to-day expenses embezzlement. “During the period of growth we have had … the growth has been from two sources: One, a large credit card with no limits on it, and, two, we have been stealing money from the Social Security recipients of this country. …”
Now he says, “It’s not just an exaggeration that Social Security is headed for bankruptcy. It is an outright lie.”
That was then, this now:
Harry now says of Republicans pushing for a reinterpretation of the 14th Amendment to exclude automatic citizenship to children of illegal immigrants born on U.S. soil: “They’ve either taken leave of their senses or their principles.”
But in 1993 he said “no sane country” would grant automatic citizenship to such children, and he sponsored legislation that would have declared “any person born after the date of enactment of this title to a mother who is neither a citizen of the United States nor admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident, and which person is a national or citizen of another country of which either of his or her natural parents is a national or citizen, or is entitled upon application to become a national or citizen of such country, shall be considered as born subject to the jurisdiction of that foreign country and not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States …”
By Jove, he’s done it again.