>It is not the job of the government to manipulate the money supply, that should be a free market function.
Yes! and No! :)
Manipulate and regulate are two different things. Right now, the government, along with organizations tied to the money supply are doing more manipulating because they can. The stock market and the Fed's sole existence right now, to name a few, is to manipulate the money! (technically, the Fed is not a government organization though; its private) In 1988, Regan signed an executive order that gave four individuals virtually free reign over the Treasury, called the Plunge Protection Team (PPT). Their “official” role was to prevent another 1987 “Black Monday”. They have the entire U.S. Treasury at their disposal to manipulate the markets through derivatives. These are all examples of manipulation that require regulations to put a stop to it all.
So, the government should not manipulate the money supply, but they should regulate how the system functions so that a fair and balanced environment for investors can exist. There will still be risk, but it would be a natural risk created by the natural properties of a free market, which currently does not exist because the system is being manipulated.
But, the system will carry on as it has been. No amount of complaining or protesting will fix that. Why? Because until our entire government stops being bought and sold by giant corporations, conglomerates, and wealthy individuals, nothing will change. Democrats will forever spar with Republicans until they realize that for the most part, everyone wants the same thing, and its simply our rhetorical environment that we've been steeped in that causes much of the rift. I will go so far to say that most people want a fair and balanced society, both conservatives and liberals alike. But how we get there is where the differences begin. Each side will say that Exhibit A is either good or bad, and that if you support Exhibit A, then you're my ally, and vice versa. We get stuck in that "all or nothing" or "for or against" mindset. There are rarely perfect solutions, but there can be revised solutions that satisfy the majority. The problem with that is each side wants to push their own extreme agenda and is so Hell bent against the other, that the issue is flooded with vast amounts of rhetorical garbage and misinformation that people have a hard time deciding if an issue is really what they think it is.