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And The Winner of the One-Page Essay on The Federal Reserve System is:?

Scott Barber's "THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM – Why it Matters to You and Your Family"!

Congratulations Scott and thank you to the other participants as well. This was an exercise in how an online group effort can be organized to produce an effective end product.

Thanks Again to all and please feel free to offer any suggestions for future topics and group projects!

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I think we need to hit home

how the Two party system have a lot more in common than they are different. Try and make people start looking at the integrity of the candidate rather than the party.

I think you have such a wonderful idea doing this, bravo.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

Its the CANDIDATE that counts.....NOT Party....

Look at Independent Charlie Crist... Would you want this man deciding the fate of your children??!??

Or how about just showing up invited at your little one's next BARBECUE?? Research the past of your choice.....BEFORE you vote!

Congratulations, Scott

You deserve the Medal. Fight for freedom and let it burn bright!!!

Congratulations, Scott!

But, during the depression, the wealthy did not travel in carriages drawn by horses. They drove Packards, Cadillacs, Rolls Royce, Pierce Arrows, Ruxtons, Delages, Delehayes, Bugattis, and many other makes that went out of business. Many of these marques created works of art in their automobile design. We did a documentary years ago about the Bugatti Royale Berline de Voyage. Etore' Bugatti sold the chassis alone for $31,000 in 1931. Then, you took it to a coach builder for the body. The depression & WWII essentially destroyed the Bugatti automobile factory in France. These cars lapsed on the market for years, only to be worth many millions now.

Congratulations Scott!

I've brought it into in design and it's going in the magazine.

Just... Um... Wow!

I am thankful and grateful. It's quite humbling. If I had won an essay contest say at littlgreenfootballs or dailykos, well that's one thing. But to be chosen here at the DP, well, gosh! It's not something I would have guessed.

I just wanted to participate because I thought and still think that the One Page Patriot Initiative is a really, really good idea and has maximum potential. I'm all about trying to educate the masses, and the OPPI is a great step in the right direction.

Thanks to everyone who participated. MUCH thanks to those that voted for my essay. Hugantic thanks to Ralph Waldo for coming up with the idea in the first place and taking the ball and running with it.

As always, thank you Michael Nystrom for giving us a place to come together and try and effect change while we learn.

I just want to add...

I was hoping that Republicae would put up a one-pager even though it would have put me out of the running, that particular individual explains things like no other.

I have to read his/her posts several times just to get it through the concrete I call a skull.

Thanks again Ralph. Where do we go with this from here?


You seem pretty bright to me.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Where ever the group wants to go.

We could do more one page competitions on different topics like The Constitution, Ron Paul and Foreign Policy.

I would also like to see a group effort to compile a Master email list for educating not only people already in the movement but the Tea Parties as well as Dems and Neo Cons.

A electronic vine of education could be a very powerful tool! Why don't you considering taking on and hosting the next DP group project. Alternating would be good for a number of reasons!

Here's an idea off the top of my head...

There could be a group effort to send the OPP essays as letters to the editor in different cities across the country each time we have a new one.

Gun Owners of America has great media tool for finding all your local newspapers and sending them a message:


If just a few people, and I'd be one of them, would take say 3 zipcodes in their area and copy/paste the essays into the message box, we could hopefully get some information printed for free.

I don't know if it will work or even if it's a good idea, but we'll never know unless we try.

I like the idea of Daily Paul Group Projects where the

members team up to do something. The fact is, with 30,000 members that are many things that the group can do much easier and better than individuals.

Why don't you consider hosting a tread to compile ideas for DP Group Projects. Then pick one and set the example of being the host for that particular thread or project.

Things like compiling letters to the editors and a master email list could make a real impact. It's all about education and harnessing the power of the group effort.

(BTW - I wouldn't mind hosting some future group projects but I don't want people to think I'm trying to dominate the spot light).

You deserve credit for the

You deserve credit for the effort. A comment and a question: Please put a disclaimer when DP writings do not mirror Ron Paul's view, not that Scott Barber's essay is off-Paul. This is the Daily Paul, it bears his name.

Q. What about those of us who don't agree with the content of group statements? Is it majority rule, or will you write a disclaimer for that as well? Letters to the editor from The Daily Paul are tricky. Better would be an op-ed signed by Scott Barber and 50 fellow bloggers at the Daily Paul.

What does C4L do with letters to editors?

10-15 million more voters need to believe in non-interventionism (liberty) at home and abroad to change America. Minds changed on Syria. Minds changing on privacy. "Printing money" is part of the dialogue. Win minds through focus, strategy.

I hadn't thought it through that far...

Some good questions. It was never my intention that they be "daily paul" letters to the editor. I would have submitted them [any of the essays] using my name [not as the author mind you] as the submitter of the essay.

I wouldn't say that any of the essay authors would say that they speak for everyone here at DP. I know I don't that's for sure.

I think they are all excellent

and could be used but my favorite is number 2 if you want to reach the common people this would do it.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

all are great!

My vote goes to Mr. Waldo (#5).

I believe your use of quotes work well for new students [(like myself) I'm on the final stretch of "The Creature from Jekell Island"] into the dangers of our banking system.

Thanks to each of you, this is a great thread for newcommers to encounter.


with #5 being the runner up. They were all good.

Scott Barber's #2

My vote goes to 2. The Federal Reserve System - Why it Matters to You and Your Family - by Scott Barber
Easy read. Laymans terms. Flows well. I especially like how it reveals that FED is the route of the problem in such few words!

I would like give kudos Ralph Waldo on his entry. I encourage you to keep up the good work, I really struggled between yours and Scott's. Had to read them seveal times each...Yours was really good as well. ;-)

Scott Barber's essay.

number 2.

Winners all! Each essay has an important message about the Fed.

All together they make this thread quite a learning experience!

Thank you all!

Will read later each...


"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win!"

"The belief is worthless if the fear of social and physical punishment overrides the belief."


End the Fed


The Guy

End the Fed.

-The End.

My favorite people in the world: Ron Paul, Glenn Beck, Peter Schiff, Judge Napolitano, Milton Friedman, Bob Barr, and John Stossel

What was it like during the depression?

A middle class family then and a middle class family now must had to have a very disciplined budget to afford basic food and shelter for the family. If one explores the price of milk, eggs, bread, soup, and food in general, these are very basic needs and when you look at the affordability of these basic commodities today compared to the 1930s during the depression, affordability is not that different.

With regards to the poor I want to bring your attention to the novel, “A tree grows in Brooklyn”. It is a story of a poor family with two young children during the depression of the 1930s set in the neighborhood of Brooklyn. While the family moved several times because they couldn’t afford the rent, the family was able to survive and they were able to provide the basic needs. The book describes how the kids would go street to street in their neighborhood during the summer and pick up scraps of metal to take to the scrap yard and get a few pennies together to get a treat at the local sweet shop. The father was a singer that got gigs when he got them and the mother cleaned tenant houses for a living. Compared to today, I see no difference. I see news items all the time about kids stealing copper out of vacant buildings to scrap for treasure and I am sure these families are not much different than at the time of the 1930s depression.

The wealthy, during the depression, could afford the finest cuts of meat, a horse and buggy, a house with a few hired help, and they were able to save a bit. Compare that to the wealthy of today and you get the picture.

The wealth gap has grown over time. The fact that the white collars are paid by the blue collars indirectly through the mechanism of inflation can easily go unnoticed. You cannot expect to see this correlation within a year, or a decade, or a generation, but we are all far enough removed to see it.

And ...

We have all been recently made aware of the culprit of this trend.

We saw the Fed bail out the financial industry. The financial industry was made whole, 100 pennies on the dollar, and yet we have not been made whole.

Our lost equity is lost equity. Our modified loans required the liquidation of our unencumbered retirement accounts. Our dollar is worth less since our wages decline, as the cost of basic needs increase. Those "white collars" associated with the banking industry are able to get dollars lent to them with no interest on a simple request, we are denied a loan regardless of the interest.

As simplistic as it sounds the evidence is punching us in the face. It may have been much more subtle in the past, but the Federal Reserve is obviously printing and inflating at the expense of the middle class and the poor and at the reward of the wealthy.

I am not against wealth. I am whole-heartedly in favor of honest wealth.

But …

I am willing to sacrifice my life and my family in order to expose dishonest wealth.

Thanks Scott

That brings it down to a personal level!

Really enjoyed it.

Yes, I agree. Really enjoyed the read thanks.

My Entry:

THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM – Why it Matters to You and Your Family

Do you believe that our government is corrupt? If you answer yes, then the logical question becomes: Who is doing the corrupting? If government is corrupt, someone MUST be corrupting them. If we are successful in "Voting them all out" and leave in the system that corrupts them, what can we expect to happen? What does the bible tell us about the root of all evil?

Prior to 1913, the people had direct veto power to the spending policies of the federal government. Because if the government wanted to borrow money, it had to go to the people for it. There was no central bank. It had to sell bonds. If you didn't want to go to war, you didn't buy bonds. If you didn't want the pork project that the government had in mind, you didn't buy the bonds.

It was a very simple, effective system. A Republican [form of government, not party] system that gave direct veto power to the people on economic policy. And by extension, a direct veto on all policies foreign and domestic. And it worked very well until 1913. That's how come government managed to stay small, because it didn't have an unlimited credit line to go on a shopping spree for 97 years... and make you pay for it.

So what happened in 1913 that took away our veto power? On December 23rd, the Federal Reserve Act was authorized by Congress in a "special session" when most of our Representatives were home with their families for the holidays. This Federal Reserve System [the FED] was then signed into law by Woodrow Wilson in January of 1914.

The third "Central Bank" was created in America. Thomas Jefferson had ended the first one [The First National Bank] and Andrew Jackson had ended the second one [The Second National Bank].

Our Representatives in Washington had effectively given OUR checkbook to an unknown group of individuals. The government no longer needs to sell bonds in order to perform any action they could come up with. Instead, they now have their own personal private bank that will "loan" money to them because the FED knows that "We the People" will get the bill and not our government. That's right, you and I get to pay for whatever they can come up with and we no longer have any say in the choices they make.

The FED has NEVER been so much as audited. Imagine creating a business of your own and not being subject to an audit. For that matter, just try being a human being living in America and not being subject to an audit! Why is it that every living human being and every business we start is subject to an audit but not the FED? Because the IRS works FOR the FED! The IRS is the "collection agency" for the FED.

We have had our veto power taken from us. We have had our monetary system given to a private, secretive group of unknown individuals.

Please consider this quote by our second president, John Adams: "All the perplexities, confusions, and distresses in America arise, not from defects in their constitution or confederation, not from a want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation."

Please, take the time to learn about our Federal Reserve System and the UN-lawful money system that it controls.

^^ Home Run.

This essay very clearly links the expansion of the money supply with the growth of government and the national debt.

Impressive! I'm Learning Still. Thanks.

Like your angle on our veto power over our Federal Government purse & our Republican form of government (no party). If we don't like the proposal, we don't buy the bond. That was the general idea from the outset.

In practice, it seems America followed our own laws reasonably well from 1837 till about 1861 or so. On account of the American Un-Civil War (1861–1865), "Gone with the wind" went finances. And certainly, more than wind disrupted finances in 1913. Lost our Republic in 1916, with the pretend Direct Election of US Senators, 17th Amendment ("Deemed to Pass"). Haven't got those Senators properly seated since.  The Republic, for which we stand is the form of government that seems to have the best chance of serving "We the People" of this great land. 

 I have no argument to settle here. Just  commending your writing. Thank you for learning me. I would be pleased if you should win, to be offered a chance at editing. Should a prize include a pony, I would be happy give it proper exercise.


Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Thank you Mark. :-)

Of course anyone on the DP can edit this entry. Since I'm a high-school drop-out, I can use all the help I can get.

The only prize I want is to see the d@mn FED come to an end in my lifetime. It probably won't happen, but that's not going to stop me from trying.

Thanks also to Ralph for coming up with the one-page concept. I think it could play a part in the long run since the "average American" has the attention span of a ferret on acid.

I look forward to other one-page essays. The FED is my personal hobby-horse, so I probably won't be able to have an entry in the others, but I really feel that this one-page stuff is a great idea.

No Such Thing As a "High School Drop Out" When I Was Schooling

That is a derisive term schools & their boards use to compel innocents into schooling.

"God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board"

"I never let schooling interfere with my education."

Good luck with your writing. Sincerely,

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

College education is not what it was a century much less 2 ago.


The Liberty a society retains is inversely proportional to the number of Lawyers in the Government.