It's even worse than it appears..
Thursday January 26, 2023; 9:50 AM EST
  • Judging from the news, no one has figured out how to explain what defaulting on our debt means in human terms.#
  • To do it, you'd have to explain why the United States is richer than any other country in the world.#
  • It's not because we're smarter, or make better products, or have more natural resources. It's because the dollar is the reserve currency of the world. It's the safest place to store value. That means when we create a new dollar someone accept it as repayment of a loan. That's how our wealth is created and sustained. #
  • In other words, people are happy to be paid in dollars. They want to be paid in dollars. They like dollars because they remain valuable, because they trust the United States to repay the loan because the US never has and never will default. That's the assumption. #
  • We got a good thing! We should want to keep it! (I don't often use exclams on this blog, btw.)#
  • If we don't pay back our loans, the safety thing blows up. It'll be gone. Then when we print a dollar to pay back a loan, they'll say no thanks, give us Euros. It's actually pretty simple. If you understand the rules of football, driving or poker you can definitely understand this. #
  • People ought to learn what it means to be a reserve currency. And how it makes the US much richer.#
  • It means we can piss away huge amounts of money on the military, and let the super-rich get off with paying no taxes. That's where the difference goes. It's why we can still live in a Western way, with big cars and mortgages, and have the hugest miltary and fuel the growth of the super-rich all around the world all at the same time. It's not because we're a great country, it's because everyone thinks the dollar is safe. #
  • I don't the military is going to suffer much when our unfair economic advantage is blown up by a default, I think the poor will. I think health care and education will disappear. I think the rivers and air will be polluted. We'll be sicker and more ignorant. Everything will work much worse. More shortages so prices will go up. #
  • To understand this all you have to understand is what a reserve currency is. Please news people, explain that. Help the people understand how this works. #
  • Thanks.#

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