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  •  There seems to be some psychological (6+ / 0-)

    impediment to people admitting that all dollars come from Washington.
    Congress, of course, has a vested interest in pretending they have no control over the currency because they have nominally palmed it off on the Federal Reserve Banks.
    That taxes have to be paid in first before Congress can spend is another false justification for why they are not doing their job.
    Perhaps the citizenry believing that their paying taxes makes the whole government thing work strokes their sense of pride. So, the fact that all dollars come from Washington is easy to overlook.
    But, given the facts and the blatant mismanagement, what the citizenry should be is mad -- not because the banks get free money, but because ordinary people don't.

    Switzerland, which has had the good sense not to join the Euro zone, despite being situated in the middle of Europe, is considering a proposal to give every citizen an annual stipend. That should be an issue to monitor, even as we remember that in the 1972 campaign both Nixon and McGovern supported a guaranteed annual income for families and legislation had already passed the House.
    There were apparently many reasons to get rid of Richard Nixon and assassination had worn out its welcome. Woodward and Bernstein were told to "follow the money," but what if the marked bills in the burglers' wasn't the money they were supposed to consider?  We forget that in 1971 Nixon had unilaterally devalued gold. We forget that in 1971 universal suffrage for citizens over age 18 arrived. As much money as we can print and youth calling the shots -- what a heady mix! What were the Cons going to do about that?

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    by hannah on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 12:21:37 PM PST

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