Skip to comments.Rand Paul: Paper is paper; money is money
Posted on 07/22/2020 5:16:49 PM PDT by RandFan
The time came when the emperor decreed: The people are in need; a plague is upon the land. I will give them money.
The people had been made to believe that paper was money. So, the emperor ordered that paper bearing the government insignia be printed and distributed to the people.
Now, the people had been trained to accept paper as money, but they still hung onto the belief that even paper money required work to be considered valuable.
But the emperor reassured them that paper is money backed by the full faith and credit of government (aka paper money has value because the government can always commandeer more of the peoples work).
So, when the plague worsened, the emperor printed and distributed paper money to everyone, whether they lost their job or not.
Karl Marx and his followers smiled slyly behind covered mouths. And paper money flooded the land.
Deficits dont matter, said Dick Cheney and the Bernie Bros. All the while, deficits continued to pile higher than even the dead bodies.
Until one day, the emperor made the fatal mistake of taking a stroll among his people.
Most people bowed and thanked him profusely for the wads of paper money he printed for them. But from the crowd, one young woman dared to ask, If money can simply be created, why dont we simply print, print, and print some more?
If wealth can be created de novo, why should we work at all?
The emperor flushed but did not answer. In time, though, the illusion wore thin, and people discovered that paper is indeed paper and not money.
But this realization took time. In the beginning of the pandemic, toilet paper became scarce. Ironically, in the end, paper money no longer could buy toilet paper but became toilet paper.
Supposedly wise men stroked their chins and mused, Why didnt we resist before paper money became paper-mache? Why didnt we question whether wealth could be created without work? Why were we silent?
No one could answer. One very thin, very old man clutching his Nobel Prize in economics and one of the last copies of the New York Times offered this: If you take the billion-dollar notes and soak them in water, they dont chap the bottom so much.
Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican, is the junior senator from Kentucky.
What could he possibly mean? Could he be suggesting that our fiat paper money is little better than toilet paper.
Ooh! I like that saying.
My, thats a mighty fine rhetorical question you have there.
Money is a non-physical something, perhaps akin to energy and life, that we use to represent and value the wealth we create.
Gold and silver are ancient representations for money
Paper certificates were a representation of gold and silver money
Paper notes are a representation of faith and trust
Gold and paper can both fail if the supply of money rapidly increases compared to the wealth the people create. Spain experienced inflation when they imported gold and silver from the Americas. Governments can more easily manipulate paper and probably always will because it’s too tempting and too easy to do.
“Gold is money. Everything else is credit.” — J.P. Morgan
Paper money? That idea is so 2010.
Which makes it too scarce and valuable to use as currency or as a monetary base.
Gold and Silver are Constitutional money. There is no other Constitutional money.
But why gold instead of a choice, dividend paying stock? And just where do you store your gold that a thug with a gun cannot menace you into giving it up?
That depends on who controls Congress and the White House.
Store them in your work boots?
Which has charges and fees and security risks of their own.
And digits fit so much better with social credit scores.
We had a severe one in 1929, a few smaller ones before 2000 when we saw a pretty big one, and a bigger one in 2008. Looks like the MOASMOD might be next.
The Emperor just printed about 4 trillion more in the last couple of months, and of course the price of TP has already started adjusting accordingly.
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