From The New American
Written by Alex Newman
Former Federal Reserve boss Alan Greenspan (left) made headlines
this week when he said gold is indeed a currency and noted that the euro was falling apart, contradicting top officials on both sides of the Atlantic. “Gold, unlike all other commodities, is a currency,” he told attendees at a conference in Washington D.C. on August 23, saying he did not think the precious metal was in a bubble despite recently reaching a new record above $1900. And a flight to safety amid inflation fears is what’s causing soaring gold prices.
“The major thrust in the demand for gold is not for jewelry,” Greenspan explained. “It’s not for anything other than an escape from what is perceived to be a fiat money system, paper money, that seems to be deteriorating.”
While it is well known that the fiat U.S. dollar is under increasing pressure
following years of extreme “quantitative easing,” the former central banker said the European single currency was also in big trouble. And the effects will be felt far beyond Europe.
“The euro is breaking down and the process of its breaking down is creating very considerable difficulties in the European banking system,” said Greenspan, speaking at the Innovation Nation Forum hosted by an outfit described
on its website as “one big Government IT community.”
He also said a breakup of the euro was “obviously” a possibility. And the monetary and banking woes are actually raising fundamental questions about the nature of Europe’s currency experiment itself.
“The problem is that there is a growing cleavage in the economic and analytical and banking circles as to whether the euro, which is the crucial issue here, should be 17 countries,” he said, citing widely varying beliefs among the different nations in terms of the role of government, inflation, and other cultural issues.
As The New American
, the European Central Bank is now printing even more money to buy government debt. Floundering regimes from Spain and Italy to Ireland and Portugal are struggling to stay afloat as the ECB and the EU frantically seek to prop them up.
A default by the socialist government ruling Greece is almost inevitable at this point, with European governments rushing to unload onto taxpayers the bad debt held by banks. And according to Greenspan, the problems swamping Europe are hurting the U.S. economy — and they could even lead to another American recession.
“The reason we are so sluggish is the level of uncertainty,” he explained. "The general feeling out there is of a lull before the storm."......read on