At a Feb. 29 hearing of the House Financial Services Committee, Congressman Paul brandished a silver eagle coin and let loose on Mr. Bernanke for, in effect, stealing the wealth of Americans by debasing the currency. In 2006, when Bernanke took over as chair, an ounce of silver bought about four gallons of gas, Paul said. Today it buys about 11. "The record of what you've done is destroy the currency," he added. When, at length, Bernanke got a chance to respond, he said: "First of all, nice to see you again."