2009 – COMMENT BY DICK DURBIN, US SENATOR, ILLINOIS
“And the banks -- hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created -- are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place.”
1913 – PRINTING IN CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OF 1891 MEMO FROM AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION
"On Sept, 1, 1894, we will not renew our loans under any consideration. On Sept. 1st we will demand our money. We will foreclose and become mortgagees in possession. We can take two-thirds of the farms west of the Mississippi, and thousands of them east of the Mississippi as well, at our own price… We may as well own three-fourths of the farms of the West and the money of the country. Then the farmers will become tenants as in England …"
1947 – DEATH OF IRVING FISHER, PROFESSOR AND ECONOMIST
"Thus our national circulating medium is now at the mercy of loan transactions of banks, which lend, not money, but promises to supply money they do not possess. "
1871 -- KNOX V LEE US SUPREME COURT DECISION
The Supreme Court reversed Hepburn v. Griswold (1870) -- declaring that making paper money legal tender through the Legal Tender Act did not conflict with the US Constitution (Article 1)
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