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Tom Toles

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  1. Quipss

    Quipss said, almost 4 years ago

    As a little bit of education, the concept of printing money for financing the government is

    A) not a new and desperate idea to deal with deficit
    B) A crazy left wing idea.

    The concept had existed essentially since the depression in Canada,

    Originally a right wing idea, the concept is that by making simply printing money and giving it the government could eliminate all taxes at the expense of inflation.
    However this idea by many is believed flawed, This is due to the nature that there is no guarantee as to how much the government would print, as a result the dollar is effectively believed not only to have lost the value of what is printed but also of what could be printed, in other words the dollar has lost all value.

    That said a 1 time trillion dollar coin might not have such an effect when you consider the competition

    The Japanese Yen, which due to a deflation spiral has been used mainly to exchange for other currency
    The Chinese Renminbi, If you think that 1 trillion dollars is manipulating currency you will have a heart attack
    The Euro…. I’m presuming this needs no explanation
    The indian Rupee, Massive inflation, highly manipulated. Trying to switch over would be the same as putting hand to try to clear a blender.

    However it may not be a good idea to gamble the entire currency when a 2% marginal tax raise may be viable.

  2. Quipss

    Quipss said, almost 4 years ago

    adding on, the reason it can’t be issued as a regular coin or bill is not to try and trick anyone, its because the Federal Reserve. A private institution that would print the money at an interest to give to the federal government has a near exclusive monopoly on the US dollar. The platinum is that most people would call a “loophole”

  3. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 4 years ago

    While I do not agree with every item on your list, not a bad list over all!

    But, do you actually expect our current Congress (especially the Tea Party area of the House of Representatives) to even begin to do this?

    Well……. there is always 2014!!

  4. richardelguru

    richardelguru GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @ Clark
    Super, man.

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 years ago

    There are times when you display a perception of reality that is stunning.

  6. onceisenough

    onceisenough said, almost 4 years ago

    If those blithering idiots in Washington do not do something to control spending, you are going to need one of these coins to buy a loaf of bread.

  7. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    I suppose it’s foolish to even add anything to this but Hannity’s combined salaries were only 22 million, not forty. By contrast, Rachel Maddow only makes 2 million a year, but Fox viewership is much higher and consistently beats their competition in the ratings. I just couldn’t resist adding that, even though I cannot stand listening to either one of them for longer than 2 minutes before the image of rabid dogs starts replacing the image on the screen.

  8. jack75287

    jack75287 said, almost 4 years ago


    I agree with most of what you say but who says this is a right wing idea. Currency manipulation is not knew and trying to blame it on our current political ideas is wrong.

  9. ARodney

    ARodney said, almost 4 years ago


    The problem with your analysis is that we’ve been printing money and there has been no inflation. It turns out it matters that we’re in a liquidity trap where those who need to buy have no money (virtually all of the benefits of Obama’s recovery having gone to the top 0.1%). Once employment gets back up, and if wages start rising to match productivity, we can stop printing money.

  10. jack75287

    jack75287 said, almost 4 years ago

    Two questions, wasn’t it Kennedy that ended that 75% rate? Also if you believe that a person should pay three out of four dollars because of there success isn’t that a kind of slavery?

  11. jack75287

    jack75287 said, almost 4 years ago

    Yeah a Nobel Peace Prize winner with a kill list!

  12. M Ster

    M Ster said, almost 4 years ago

    Michael wme said, “Since profits were taxed away, businesses invested the money updating capital equipment, making US industry the most advanced in the world. ….With low taxes, the rich now take the profits for themselves…”
    I agree.This is no different than a homeowner buying a house rather than renting. The tax deductions often make it a financially smart decision, and in the end, you own an asset.

  13. jack75287

    jack75287 said, almost 4 years ago

    Oh I am sure it is getting better but it is slow and you just can’t send people over to a foreign country to measure for yourself in a country like China. Wind power and scrubber tech will improve things but it will not be overnight.

    When I was a kid I lived in Southern Illinois, whenever my parents and me drove over to St. Louis I still cannot believe the smell at the time. Never known anything else like it except once when I drove by a big farm decades later.

    My point is it’s not lying it is about when someone knows what.

  14. jack75287

    jack75287 said, almost 4 years ago

    Sorry no we went into a Recession in 1946 when we moved are factories back to civilian use. After the Great Depression & WWII just no one noticed. What sent the economy up was all the new factories and jobs that were created and what they used was free market actions.

    Companies designed there own weapon systems and the government bought the winner over the losers. One of those was the Sherman Tank that worked will all the way up to and through the invasion of France till the Tiger Tanks were widely used but by then we outnumbered them in tanks by 20 to one.

    Even though the tanks where inferior to the German Tigers it was necessary because they had to be shipped across the Atlantic.

  15. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Since we are on such a civil, rational level I have to say I wholeheartedly agree with a very significant comment you made:
    “My point is the media outlets are bought and the fools who only rely on one source for their information are essentially brainwashed.”

    Add to that thought that the partisan divide we are currently experiencing in this country is a direct result of that “polarizing” focus. Unfortunately it seems to be getting worse rather than better. Of course today everything is pushed to “crises mode,” which lends itself to more inflammatory reporting with few solutions to long term problems offered. I gave up on most cable news and often find better reporting of American events on BBC and other international outlets.

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