Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Live from the Silver Screen to Your Living Room: The 2016 Presidential Election!

These are Federal Reserve Notes aka U.S. paper currency.  Dollars. You can learn something about them below.

Federal Reserve Note

Federal Reserve Notes, also United States banknotes or U.S. banknotes, are the banknotes used in the United States of America. Denominated in United States dollars, Federal Reserve Notes are printed by the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing on paper made by Crane & Co. of Dalton, Massachusetts. Federal Reserve Notes are the only type of U.S. banknote currently produced.
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To the consternation of some who could have used the notes to pay their bills (we hear ya!), at a rally for Hillary not long ago, Bernie Sanders supplied protesters with $1000 worth of these to shower upon Hillary's motorcade as a metaphor for speaking fees.  OK. We got the point. It was a peaceful demonstration where no grown, nearly naked men were ripping "Mme. President" signs from the hands of little girls or shouting through bullhorns at little boys. (Like last Thursday in East L.A.) But that dollar demonstration proved an interesting point. Bernie Sanders knows what a dollar bill is and likely has touched a few Federal Reserve Notes recently.

Speaking with Chris Cuomo on CNN's New Day Monday morning, Donald Trump made a stunning remark about printing more money to pay the debt.  Heads spun like Linda Blair's in The Exorcist as Trump came on like Helen Mirren in Calendar Girls, "We're down to our last 25! We need to print more calendars!"  Except he didn't say calendars.

First of all, you have to wonder when was the last time Donald Trump actually handled a Federal Reserve Note. On the campaign trail, when Hillary buys a book for Charlotte or a necklace to wear at a Syracuse rally, I am pretty sure she uses paper money.  This would be because she knows that the cashier will replace the 10, 20, or 50 with one of her own in order to keep the bill Hillary used for the purchase.  People like Donald Trump never use paper money. I don't use paper money either except on bridges and tunnels because I neither have nor need EZPass. I use plastic.  All the time almost everywhere.  But I know my balance. I know my bottom line. I know what the plastic is based on.

Guys like The Donald sign for things. "Put it on my tab."  Probably a lot of the time the autograph satisfies the bill. Does he have any real idea where dollars come from?  How?  And Why?  Ooohhh--- yes! They come from The Mint where they have the big deal printing presses.

Donald Trump says, as Hillary has remarked, "... a lot of things."


She has chosen,wisely, to ignore his personal comments and says she is not running against Donald Trump but rather for her vision for America.  But to all y'all out there urging me to ignore what The Donald says, might I remind you:  He is the presumptive GOP nominee, and Mr. Loose Lips, who lacks a filter, is now receiving national security briefings. Ignoring him will not make him go away.

To cite yet another  based-on-true-events movie, in Game Change Sarah Palin did not know what The Fed was and did not know why North and South Korea were two different countries. OK she was in the second slot, McCain lost, is still alive and kicking, and we never did have to contend with a President Quayle (sigh of relief).  But we are talking about the top slot here. This guy is running for head honcho.

In many town halls, Hillary Clinton has stated that running the government is not like running a business.  Trump's business model includes filing Chapter 11 when initiatives fail.  Bankruptcy options may be fine for businesses (he certainly kept landing on his feet), but they are a nuclear option in government.  One need look no further than Puerto Rico to see the implications for all those who bought government bonds in good faith.

Donald Trump's plan for the economy is a blueprint for disaster.
A silver spoon has a way of shielding people from reality - even when their last job was on reality TV.  When I was a kid, I had a few Silver Certificates of my own that I deposited, like a good girl, in my savings account for college.  Those silver-backed notes were chopped up long ago and replaced by Federal Reserve Notes. But no matter what the currency rests upon, printing more of it solves nothing - there are protocols and rules - and even the POTUS cannot make his or her own.

If you thought you witnessed vacuity in 2008 from Sarah Palin, you ain't seen nothin' yet!  When I turn on the morning news, I do so with dread. Monday morning I really hoped that what I was hearing was just the end of a really bad dream I was having about Donald Trump. I thought my head would settle after a cup of tea. That didn't happen.

This is not a movie.  This is not a bad dream. These are real policy proposals from the GOP all-but-nominee: the guy who doesn't really know where money comes from.  If you are one of those people who calls C-SPAN in idle moments, touts your master's degree, and declares support for Trump, you should sue your university for not providing you with developmental reading and critical thinking skills.

Bernie Sanders may have his head in the clouds, and his plans may be as substantial as those clouds, but Donald Trump is completely detached from reality.  Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has her feet planted solidly on terra firma and her sights set on ways to break down barriers so that everyone who works hard, pays into the social contract, and plays by the rules has a fighting chance at the American Dream - which is not to become a real estate billionaire - a few hope to accomplish that. We all just want a safe, secure, unified country for our kids, grandkids, and their grandkids. That is not too big a dream, and it's a nice one.  I hope one day to wake up knowing that we have elected the realist with the plans that will provide for the common defense,  promote the general welfare, and help us form a more perfect union.   Plans that are neither dreams nor movie scripts.  Plans that align with our Constitution.

Here is what Hillary's campaign sent out yesterday:
Our next President needs to do three things:
  • Keep our nation safe in a dangerous world
  • Help our working families get ahead here at home
  • Bring people together to get things done
Here, in case you have not read it recently, is the Preamble to our Constitution:
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Which candidate holds your posterity near and dear?  Make no mistake!  This election is not a TV show, and it is not a movie we are watching on Netflix.  In the wise words of Elliot in E.T., "This is reality!"


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