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Federal Reserve Responsibility for Consumer and Government Debt Crises

• Ron Paul Institute - Ron Paul

A recent survey by Clever Real Estate found that three in five Americans have credit card debt and that 23 percent of Americans increase their credit card debt every month. The survey also found that 48 percent of Americans (including 59 percent of millennials) use credit cards for essential living expenses.

The overreliance on credit cards and the accompanying increase in consumer debt are consequences of our fiat money system. Since Richard Nixon severed the last link between the dollar and gold in August of 1971, the dollar's value has declined by 87 percent based on the government's understated Consumer Price Index numbers. This means that even though Americans' nominal wages have increased, their real wages have declined as their dollars buy less.