Bernanke testified before Congress last week that Inflation remains “quite low”. He explained his measure of “core” inflation which excludes food and energy prices. I do not think Bernanke understands that Americans do not have the option of “choosing” not to eat, heat their homes or drive to work. The fact is that the Federal Reserve has been “cherry picking” the statistics to produce the results they want to see for a very long time. Of course the Federal Reserve always has the support of the both the president and the congress in this deception of the American people, since it is in the interest of the politicians to sweep inflation under the rug and pretend that it does not exist.
Historically… gold as a currency has had all the problems of Fiat Money. Aside from the fact that it has no intrinsic value… more of it can be mined and is continually mined. The organizations mining it have an advantage and have historically manipulated the supply to their advantage. The US government at one point confiscated all the gold (a crime). It made itself the sole legal purchaser of gold in the US. That only shifted and further centralized control of gold rather then disperse it. Few people know, that when the US govt went on the Gold Standard, YOU the individual, where no longer allowed to own it. Executive Order 6102 required U.S. citizens to deliver by May 1, 1933 all their gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates to the Federal Reserve. An exception of $100 in gold coins was allowed. This does not seem fair or constitutional to me.
Gold historically has been subject to scams such as mixing it with other metals. The only system that is not corruptible is a barter system where you trade actual commodities. Problem there is that the barter system is too slow and cumbersome for anything above a “village level” economy.