The Trillion Dollar Coin & 53% of Washington Post Readers Are StupidO
I realize that online polls aren't exactly the height of rigor when it comes to sampling, but this sort of result from Thursday makes me wonder. As you can see, the one I voted for (e.g. the correct answer) is in the minority.
Also, let me point out, this whole "trillion dollar coin" idea is not, in any way, shape, or form, even remotely possible. Why you ask? Because while the US Treasury can make all the trillion dollar platinum coins it wants, until the Federal Reserve requests it, it's just a piece of platinum with the number "$1,000,000,000,000" on it, and it's worth exactly it's weight in platinum. You see, each Federal Reserve Bank is required by law to pledge collateral at least equal to the amount of currency it has issued into circulation. In other words, just because the US Treasury makes a piece of currency, doesn't make it legal tender.
What is insanely astounding - and really quite terrifying - is as Jared Dillian pointed out yesterday, Paul Krugman is in favor of such an idea! Which, strangely, goes against what Paul Krugman in 2008 seemed to suggest in 2008 when he noted (correctly):
The monetary base is bank reserves plus currency in circulation. It’s what the Fed controls directly: monetary base only gets created or destroyed through Fed actions.
So, we have a few things happening here: 1) The trillion dollar coin idea will never be implemented because the US Treasury isn't in charge of money creation; 2) Astoundingly, serious economists bought into an idea that is easily debunked by a 5 minute google search, or a 2 minute call to the NY Fed; 3) Paul Krugman is getting stupider and stupider every day which, is likely a sign of a serious degenerative disease. Based on the speed of his mental degeneration, back in the 1980s (the work that got him the Nobel prize began with a paper in 1979 & 1980) he must have been the smartest person on the planet.
In conclusion, the trillion dollar coin idea is unworkable, implementation is impossible. As a group, it is our responsibility to mock and belittle anyone who thinks otherwise. It's for their own good.
tl;dr - If you think the "trillion dollar coin" idea is a good idea, please jump off a bridge.