Ron Paul, Barney Frank, et al introduce a bill to legalize marijuana federally

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Mon, Oct 3, 2011 - 8:35pm
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Mon, Oct 3, 2011 - 8:41pm Green Lantern
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Tue, Oct 4, 2011 - 8:38am CYM
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CYM wrote:

What was this thread about again?

Giggle, snort!

Nice way to start the day. Thanks for the humor!

Tue, Oct 4, 2011 - 8:40pm Basturd Toadflax
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lol "the secret of oz" is

lol "the secret of oz" is another idiot pushing free money ideals on the public. Not to mention that it's historically inaccurate.

The Romans did not originally use "bronze money", although bronze was one of the types of coins they had available. Bronze was the lowest caste, with the silver denarius being next up, and then the gold aureus on top (and contrary to what he claims, brass was NEVER used).

However, over time governments got cute and started dumping bronze into denarii, since that would allow them to mint more koins per unit of silver and thus to spend more than they made in taxes. Even in those times, without complex measuring equipment, people were quickly able to determine that they were being cheated, and began to demand more of the diluted coins in exchange for the old pure silver coins.

So, in turn, the government reinforced its right to steal by declaring by fiat that, say, a 75% silver bronzed coin MUST TRADE at the same rate as a 100% silver coin with the same 'face value'.

Whenever the government spends more than it makes, through debt or printing, the public is being cheated.

EDIT: Even worse, now I want to vomit. The romans did NOT build their great empire on free money. In fact, during prosperous times, the denarius tended to be struck at a HIGHER percentage of silver, and during bad times it was debased. Or, more specifically, the worst tyrants of rome all had a fond love of stealing from the public. During the worst years, where there was constant civil war and military dictators on all sides, the denarius was bronzed until there was almost no trace of silver left.

The aureus was never debased, mainly because it wasn't used commonly enough to bother with.

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