Sunday, October 26, 2008

5 cents

That great American vice-president from North Manchester, Indiana, Thomas Marshall, has been credited with having said, "What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar."

Fast forward a century. What this country needs is a good nickel such that twenty of them make a dollar which might actually buy something. e.g., a gallon of milk or a gallon of gas, or even a loaf of good bread.

Unfortunately, looming ahead of us is an economic policy guaranteed to further devalue that nickel. Stop minting pennies? Heck, we might just as well quit with the nickels and dimes, too, while we're at it. Imagine the savings to the USMint if all our money were printed on paper. How did I get here? I was on the subject of cigars.

So back to cigars. Don't use them or any other form of tobacco. It'll kill you. But you know that.

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