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  •  To coerce is to force some action contrary to the (0+ / 0-)

    actor's inclination. It differs from restraint in that to restrain is to forcefully stop action. You could say one is pro-active and the other contrary. Both differ, additionally, from obstruction, which is what our con friends specialize in. They are most often in the "stop the world, I want to get off" mode.

    However, when it comes to currency, tagible representations of value and transactions, coercion would manifest as a extortion, while restraint would manifest as either rationing or hoarding -- both inappropriate given that currency is designed to move and circulate through the economy. And, to achieve that, the issuing agency sets up a system of recycling to return the currency (as revenue) to its source for purposes of accounting and re-issue.

    "Give unto Caesar that which is Caesar's." Think of it as sending can back to the aluminum plant. If the revenue is markedly less than is needed, more has to be issued.

    The Congress rationing a worthless assemblage of symbols is actually sort of silly. Why would one ration something that is in infinite supply?  To discomfit those who would use it. Why discomfit the population? Because the people's discomfort is evidence of Congress' power.

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