The Currency, The Blind, and The Dullards At Treasury
But let's not cast aspersions here. Let's look at what Treasury Department officials and Bush administration lawyers said in their filing (as quoted in Salon) -
...government lawyers argued that varying the size of denominations could cause significant burdens on the vending machine industry and cost the Bureau of Engraving and Printing an initial investment of $178 million and $37 million to $50 million in new printing plates.What a bunch of nonsense! First, bill sizes only have an effect on the vending machine industry if you change the height. Change a bill's length and vending machines are happy, happy as long as they can still read the proper markers. So that leaves us with the Treasury's disingenuous argument about printing plates.
So unimaginative apparachicks how about:
- Diagonally lopping off the corners of the bills?
So simple. So easy--when you're not invested in squashing any proposal, that is.
And did you know that it costs more to make a penny than the .01 it's worth? Or that a nickel costs .08 to make.
Yes. Our Treasury is rather lacking in common sense it appears...
What I can't understand is how these jokers actually attempt to support a lawsuit when resonable, obvious, low-cost solutions are available that skewer their argument right through the heart.
I mean...if I can come up with a solution after thinking about it for maybe 10 minutes, then anyone can.
This has been your positive thought for the day. Thank you.
All Presidents support industry, and should. But not to the exclusion of all else.
This no brainer reflects the lack of brains in DC
TFWY, yup seems that way, but as PoP points out this solution (and I presume others) are no-cost no brainers. The expensive solutions which Treasury is using to quash the idea involve doing things like producing raised print.
Nonetheless, for safety's sake lop 4 corners on the $1, 3 corners on the $5, opposing corners on the $10, adjacent corners (short axis) on the $20, adjacent corners (long axis) on the $50, 1 corner on the $100, none on the $500. Sounds like a plan. Let's patent it!
The free market at work before your eyes! Beautiful!