Give me the Bank of Israel and I’ll destroy it

In response to one of my posts on the Manhigut Yehudit listserv, of which I am a frequent commentator on free market issues, one of my allies responded with the post, “Rafi Farber for Finance Minister!”

To which I responded thusly:

I don’t want the finance ministry. I want the Bank of Israel. Let me be BoI Chairman in the Feiglin administration and I know exactly what I’ll do and how. Without the Bank of Israel printing the money and creating inflation, the Finance Ministry is completely castrated, and it will have to raise taxes like crazy in order to fund all the waste and welfare, which would be impossible to do without endangering the regime itself. The government will be forced to either shrink down or risk a revolution.

Give me the Bank of Israel, and within a year I will sell almost all the dollars and the rest of the foreign exchange, buy gold and silver, hand it out to every bank in proportion to how many shekels each bank has on its books, tell them that they are now all completely on their own, close the BoI doors, fire everyone who works for me, resign, and call it a day.

Whew! Wouldn’t that be awesome. I salivate and get teary eyed just thinking about it. I’d need to hire a bodyguard.