If the American People ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and the corporations which grow up around them (the US and State Governments are corporations - comment added by me) will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
- Thomas Jefferson
History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent needs possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.
- James Madison
- Gouverneur Morris
(Comment about the early renewal bill of the the 2nd US Bank in 1832 passed by Congress and waiting for his signature)
It is not our own citizens only who are to receive the bounty of our government. More than eight millions of the stock of this bank are held by foreigners... Is there no danger to our liberty and independence in a bank that in its nature has so little to bind it to our country?.... Controlling our currency, receiving our public moneys, and holding thousands of our citizens in dependence... would be more formidable and dangerous than a military power of the enemy. If [government] would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does it rains, shower its favor alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing. In the act before me there seems to be a wide and unnecessary departure from these just principles.
- Andrew Jackson
(Comment on the true reason for the US Civil War)
The division of the United States into federations of equal force was decided long before the Civil War by the high financial powers of Europe. These bankers were afraid that the United States, if they remained as one block, and as one nation, would attain economic and financial independence, which would upset their financial domination over the world.
- Chancellor Otto van Bismark
The government (not banks - comment added by me) should create, issue and circulate all the currency and credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of consumers. The privilege of of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of Government, but it is the Government's greatest creative opportunity. By the adoption of these principles... the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity.
- Abraham Lincoln
IT IS QUITE CLEAR ON HOW WE CAN SOLVE OUR ECONOMIC AND NATIONAL DEBT PROBLEMS. KILL THE FEDERAL RESERVE. HAVE OUR GOVERNMENT REGAIN CONTROL OF CREATING AND ISSUING MONEY. PUT THE PRIVATE BANKERS OUT OF BUSINESS AND TAKE BACK OUR MONETARY SYSTEM AND BECOME MASTERS ONCE AGAIN. UNTIL WE DO THIS, WE WILL REMAIN SLAVES TO THE PRIVATE BANKERS AND BE TOTALLY AT THEIR MERCY, OF WHICH THEY HAVE NONE.