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Under a gold standard, the amount of credit that an economy can support is determined by the economy’s tangible assets, since every credit instrument is ultimately a claim on some tangible asset. But government bonds are not backed by tangible wealth, only by the government’s promise to pay out of future tax revenues, and cannot easily be absorbed by the financial markets. A large volume of new government bonds can be sold to the public only at progressively higher interest rates. Thus, government deficit spending under a gold standard is severely limited. The abandonment of the gold standard made it possible for the welfare statists to use the banking system as a means to an unlimited expansion of credit. - Allen Greenspan

Content: Last Monday: French President Hollande Announced Anti-Russian Sanctions “Must End”; Wednesday: All-Purpose Al Qaeda/ISIS Terror Cell Already Under Surveillance by French Police Started Three-Day Terror Spree in Paris; NATO-Backed Geopolitical Motives Suspected; All Eyes on Hollande’s Role at Astana Conference on Ukraine; Greece Heads for Syriza Government After Jan. 25 Vote; Beware Wrecking Potential of Theodorakis’ River Party (To Potami); Anel Anti-Austerity Conservatives Emerge as Possible Coalition Partner for Syriza; Need Support Actions for Rev. Pinkney in Advance of Jan. 15 Sentencing

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Baby Frog: Mama, who is smarter- a chicken or a frog? Mama Frog: We are of course!!
Baby Frog: How do you know? Mama Frog: Well, who ever heard of Kentucky Fried Frog?
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Why are frogs so happy? They eat whatever bugs them!