reply to post by Vitchilo
Really? Perhaps we are considering two different scenarios regarding a total collapse of the US dollar.
A total collapse of the dollar would not help people to embrace higher taxes. In fact, I hardly think the announcement of such a tax could even be
heard over the rioting sure to take place. Maybe people would be more open to the idea after several years of unrest, depending on what transpired
during that time, but I find it doubtful.
Collapse of the dollar =
-- No entitlement program payouts.
-- No food stamp payouts.
-- No Medicare, Medicaid, etc.
-- No social security.
-- No stock market
-- No 401 K left to speak about.
Keep in mind that in the event that the dollar does collapse, the government still has debts to pay. The only way for them to pay any of these debts,
and they will have to pay out some, is to then take a tanked dollar and take the HUGE loss when converting to the new top currency. This will create
a HUGE, HUGE deficit.
I don't think the amount of people in this country with any measurable amount of gold is quite as high as some seem to think. Further, I in no way
think that the US has the gold it claims, so that will not cover these debts in full either.
The government may make a deal with gold holders, but given the current trust, or lack thereof, in the Federal Government, it's going to be an
incredibly difficult sale. Further, the government can mandate whatever it wants, but as our purchase of firearms confirm, we are definitely ready
for the fight and i think (hope) you will find far fewer ready to lay down without a fight this time around.
The opinion of the Federal Government has changed since the Depression in my opinion. And with the Internet, it enables average people to make deals
that they couldn't during the Depression as well. Information is power.
Lastly, with a number of states already considering seceding, I think that state currencies would begin to pop up (perhaps embracing gold and silver)
faster than people will say -- 90% capital gains tax! Yeah!
Final point: This time around, if the dollar collapses, I think the blame will be fully planted on the door of the White House and any deals or ideas
coming out of there will be met with, err, rapid fire responses.