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The Printing Press at Full Speed

Posted 28 Jun 2012 — by admin
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I wrote an earlier blog, just before the 2010 elections, about what the inside of a factory, printing money looks like and how it operates. As a service to my readers, I reviewed the earlier blog and realized I left out an important detail. I felt an obligation to bring you up to date.

I said the printing presses were running to print more money to flow into the economy—hoping the investment bankers will use it to buy stocks and keep demand high to sustain higher stock prices. It makes the incumbent look good. What I forgot to mention was the printing press’ speed. It runs at low, medium, and high, never off. Hairdryers by comparison have three speeds and shut off: the motor and the hot air. If the presses shut down, our climbing federal debt would come to a halt. Should a printing press break down as a result of its enslavement, the slave masters have other printing press on standby, ready to be whipped and forced into running at high speed. Slacking off is not permitted.

I learned you can’t repair a printing press. Let me mention the aftermath, the burial. The noise, the groans of pain went silent. It had sounded so human, I began to cry. Especially painful was learning the process of dismantling the corpse. The machine would not be buried intact or cremated, but instead torn apart, limb by limb or piece of steel by piece of steel. When I heard about how they removed the screws, I began to cringe. The eulogy, I’ve learned from rumor, will be delivered by the Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geitner. His remarks will I’m sure cite the machine’s years of faithful duty, many times beyond the call of duty. I’ve also learned the cause of death was the printing press being forced to run at high speed 24/7 since Franklin Roosevelt was president.

Goodbye, brave soul. You saved for too long the asses of enough Treasury Secretaries. Let someone else do it.

The Printing Press Exemplum

Posted 02 Jun 2010 — by admin
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‘Print baby, print.’ For decades, that ditty championed the solidarity running the engines of commerce in the United States. Was there a way to verify its validity? In a special Treasury Department facility I visited, large letters on a wall proclaimed the raison d’etre to employees: ‘Print, or die.’

All around me, machinery churned and printed money nonstop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Engineers remained on standby, ready to repair any breakdown in equipment. Paper inventory stacked to the ceiling, left no room to breath. As soon as some inventory was removed from the shelf, replenishment was immediate. The green ink used in the operation, flowed from holding tanks filled to capacity. I checked for exit signs to higher ground, just in case a tank burst. Overall, business looked good. I imagined plans by management to expand operations were in the works.

Never in history had a U.S. Government operation worked with such flawless precision. I told the green man, manning the ink petcock, how much the operation impressed me. I asked if the media was invited to do a TV or newspaper spread. I said Americans considered all government operations to be failures. This one seemed worth broadcasting loudly. The worker replied he was unaware of any future publicity. I found that strange. Was I wrong to think politicians passed up bragging rights for their successes?

I chummed with the ink man and learned more. The printing presses last year churned out tens and twenties. The preferred image on money printed this year was Benjamin Franklin’s picture: the $100 denomination. The ink man heard through the grapevine the money would be invested in the stock market. The Treasury would make sure. I was rocked back on my heels. Huh? Read More