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Numismatic Values of History
No one talks about the depression of 1837, though the new Speaker of the House John Boehner brought up the coin and currency act of the First Congress of the United States in 1787.
What was a failing in his reference was the scandal of having a private mint contract fulfill the most important coin in our US economy, the one cent; which at that time was the Fugio Cent. This contract awarded to a Mr. Jarvis to make the copper, Fugio who abscounded with the metal and left the contract unfulfilled, left Congress to eventually mint more money. That was not enough, since commerce was more successful due to a growing population and growing goods and services. Not too far off from today, in the 21st Century.
In between, by 1835, the Hard Times of this country demanded more coin, which our US Congress, in a conservative and penureous policy decision failed to meet that demand, which plunged the country into a depression in 1837. The rich people of that time, lead by Dr. Feuchtwanger of New York took it upon themselves to mint what were called tokens, as coin for the common citizen to continue to spend hard earned money. His one cent token made with silver worth in the metals market today, the 21st Century some three dollars US.
The lesson missed of today is missed in the lapse of the knowledge of history, mixed with the lack of consistent understanding that government monetary aggregate is an historic coinage or numismatic principle different from the principles of finance and instead part of the discipline of understanding economics.
This difference between ‘coin collecting’ that is a respectable hobby, and numismatics, which is a science that includes the ‘numerical matter’ of the values of metal and alloy, the art and sculpture for the security of that metal used in exchange; all coupled with an understanding of history to advance the understanding of economics. Specifically, numismatics study offers an understanding of the economy. And, not just the economy of the United States, but especially today, the understanding of the economy of the whole world.
It was given during the realm of King George III of England, as an understanding that commerce would stand still without a copper penny, which is considered the ‘staple’ of the economy, for that is the amount to enable access for the lowest wage earner the lowest purchase power. Since Colonial Times it was understood, proven at that time that without activity from the lowest common denominator, commerce would suffer.
With poor coinage laws, Congress refused to issue coins as the population grew. The depression of 1837 gave way to prosperity when the rich realized their responsibility to the greater good and offered into circulation tokens as coins to spend. Today we do this by an act of the US Congress, and each country subject to a global economy has its own system for the manufacture of money, still asking for a sense of responsibility from the rich.
For, as the wealth changes hands, so does the responsibility to the people who aided in the building of that wealth, and therein is found the reason to tax those who earn more than $250,000.00 US to contribute back into the flow of our economy at a greater proportion than those who earn less than $250,000 US per year.
The simple fact of understanding the seven levels of our Monetary Aggregate system that offers a break from M3, holdings of up to $250,000 when the holder of that amount must work to sustain that; and M4, holdings of more than $250,000 who can let that money work for them. It is of this difference that the workers, in this case simply the money that is part of the economy, must rebuild the economy and we do this by a statistical model forsake of the circulation of coin and currency, a responsibility called for by taxes to reinstate that difference called deficit in the economy.
Once the rich simply printed more money to accommodate responsibility for more financial activity, now the government is relied upon to print more money as the government must accommodate the responsibility for more economic activity.
The numismatic illustration shows how finance is different from economics, for as the value of the coin grows by circulation and rarity in its mintage without one of those elements, the coin has less value. Appreciation for the art and historical representation separates the numismatic scholar from the coin collecting hobbyist.
The sad illustration was given last week at the 1154th Heritage Auction in Chicago in March 2011, during the 7th and last session gave off almost all the gold coins of centuries in historic content for the spot price of their gold content. What the numismatic audience noticed was the coin values had diminished from collectibles to a ‘meld down’ value.
While in a private sale, the Feuchtwanger token cent with a 2011 value in silver of $3 US valued in the ‘Bible of Token Coins,’ by Russell Rulau that suggested the value of $165 sold for $330. Maybe the numismatic lesson by some with an education goes to message our US Congress, who were elected by those without an education on the matters of coin and circulation of our money.

Mo Money, by Steve Shapiro, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.
republished from www.opednews.com

What nobody bothers considering troubles the whole world of money and economics. Nobel laureate in economics1988 Maurice Allais proved simply that with more people in the world, governments have to print more money.

It simply makes no sense that somebody has to prove that. In light of the 1975 Nations Economic Conference in Spain attended for the United States by U. S. President Gerald Ford when the six top developed countries agreed they were ‘mutually interdependent in the sphere of the international economy’ and thereby brought to a close the idea of a world bank based upon the standard price of gold. Or, that they ended the gold standard and gave rise to the need for international cooperation. As that which we have now, a system of ratio balance between nations.

The flaw in this economic change begins and ends with conservative thinking along the lines of financial tendencies and not rules of economics. Finance and economics are not at all the same thing.

A conservative mind-set stands against change. Poorly noted that after change, conservative politics stands without recognition of the change. When it comes to money in the world, the idea of competition continues ignorance of inter-active economics, which improves the value of money in the flow for everybody. The whole world is failing economically, simply because governments – all of which issue their money differently – stand on faulty, frugal measures that dictate ‘If we spend less money, the bettor off the country will be.”

Unfortunately, when governments spend money, that is how the countries get their financial rewards. The answer is in the ratio.

Government spending based on income verses government issue of more monetary aggregate has to do with two major needs within nations of people. The first is health and the second is education. Both need economic bolstering – more government influx or spending – as they both add to the income apportionment and feed the knowledgeable appropriation. One primary example is the government, economy of Brazil.

Previously the argument for equal taxes for all income levels, was challenged due to this new understanding that the shift in wealth, shifts responsibility. That means when John earns more money than Joe, those working for Joe now depend on the taxes from John. Therefore, on incomes over $250,000 a year, more responsible contributions or a greater tax burden falls upon the one who gains from the shift in wealth. Otherwise the sequestered money falls out of circulation and fewer people, within an ever growing population, have the opportunity to earn and contribute to the apportionment. The result of lower taxes for the rich creates a gap or what is seen as a government deficit.

When more people can earn money, through necessary programs, that means programs which mandate the spending of taxable income on services and disposable materials like health care; and with emphasis on services like with education; the deficit as well as unemployment fall. The nation becomes more healthy.

What the division at $250,000, which divides the monetary aggregate from M3 to M4 is that after cash (M1) and savings accounts under $250,000 (M2) the next ‘dollar’ amount or M3 represents money that you have to work for; and with regard to M4 (over $250,000) or money contained in instruments other than cash is money that works for you.

Mr Trump owes the banks for his developments, employees, service and materials that keeps the banks alive. The banks do not own Mr. Trump, he owns the banks. Similarly, China does not own U.S. currency, for the joke is ‘the Americans now work for us,’ said The Chinese executive; but the punch line is not ‘ha, ha, ha;’ but ‘and they get paid in US dollars.’ We defeated communism not with a war of destruction. We bought them into a capitalist world with our own US dollars and now they have something with which to pay us for the service.

The national debt is a burden on our future generations to work and earn. It has become a goal and not a burden, as our great nation is an inter-national contributor to global responsibility as are all the nations on this planet.

In a nation of a growing population, and that means the globe, more workers must contribute for economic and psychological responsibility – “I pay my taxes, I get to say what’s what!” And if those of us who have money working for us, incomes of more than M3 ($250,000) recognize that those workers contribute or need their contribution to the apportionment of government monetary responsibility, they at that level of income they have to pay a greater proportion of the income tax.

When an ignorant congress in the United States refuses to pass the laws necessary under our 19th, 20th and 21st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States as a responsible government, we fail to recognize the change as responsible for the inter-national economy and inter-national cooperation among developed nations.



Word is: October 2005 Carmel Voice Column

September 10, 2005

Carmel Voice Column by Steve Shapiro

Word Is:

It’s Education!

Excuse me for immediate admission to bias, for it was my own father who ran the education policy for the state of California by consultancy to the State Assembly. His doctorate was to translate the California state law of ‘Grants In Aid to Education’ from a complicated legal language into understandable interpretation for our state legislature. What it amounts to, in California is that ‘whatever they need, they get.’

Too bad the whole nation is not the same. Not the same in every state?

“While the current administration of the U. S. gives us Head Start, special education needs, more teacher training, No Child Left Behind’,” said our Congressman Sam Farr, “They never gave us the money.”

Of course, Sam was talking about the national programs. Because inside the loop, back east at the nation’s capitol it seems they assumed that California is such a wealthy state and no other state gets what California doesn’t need. Equal opportunity, here don’t you know. Teachers get short changed and have left.

From the mouth of the Jacobin French revolutionary founder of our Lycee school system, Clemments, I remind us of the history of education certainly before my father came with us to California, “Come the end of the [French] Revolution we must educate the people, for after such a brutal upheaval the natural anger can only be tamed by education.”

Word is, our local institution MIIS (the Monterey Institute of International Studies), or as it’s called ‘The Monterey Institute,’ gives us an education that has been able to relieve nuclear arms politics. Now THAT’S taming some powerful anger through education.

To restate what was included in this column, about how teachers get short changed. The idea of Social Security is not a retirement plan, it’s the ensure a stable economic platform for the institution that prints the money. And, that job of teaching is decidedly not subject to government politics, so teachers in the public school system contribute to a pension plan. Social Security retirees have US Treasury remuneration to keep currency in circulation. Teachers working in both private schools, paying into Social Security and public schools have the option to buy into the U. S. Treasury system. While teachers have a retirement plan, theirs is outside the U.S. Treasury and government political system.

Teachers get short changed, because the more money they earn, the more respect they derive from students. What student will listen to a teacher leaning over their desk with poor wardrobe, or bad grooming habits, or driving a crummy car? That takes a little money. At least that’s what the administrators say, so the administrators derive a better salary. Teachers get short changed? Sure, moreover, the administrators are charged with seeking Federal funds for their staff, administrators especially, teachers included?

The problem with California education system has to do with the administrators. They think they deserve more money than the teachers, and they’re the ones responsible for the justification of the education budget. The administrators interfere with curriculum prospectus to vie for national government funds – that they never get – and fail to fulfill accounting practices. There is no complex accounting requirements for a public school administrative credential.

I mean, somebody tells the teachers what they have to teach and in how much time without setting foot inside the classroom!? Read THAT like Wendy Sykes.

They say we’re losing teachers MID TERM, because of lacking resources and broken promises. In Monterey due to input from a group of parents, one parent did the simple accounting to find some five MILLION dollars, the lack of which would have eliminated certain programs essential for large muscle exercise to prevent educated persons looking like pears, and cultural appreciation classes that allow persons to appreciate why they earn an education after all.

How does it figure, we have education programs decidedly to curb anger, outside of politics by legislation, and we the people have citizens amongst us who shoot at rescue vehicles during a national crisis!!!??? Word is, it’s education!

It’s decidedly education and moreover the lack of it. My father Dr. David Shapiro and Clements of France said there’s no price on education for the benefits are too great to calculate. Of course they’re right, it is. Education is not finance, and the public economy feeds an ever growing pyramid in population growth. With an ever more broadening base of communicable citizens, there’s more people to make more money in our consumer society. The more money they make, the more the institution has to provide for them to know what they’re doing. When politicians don’t know how government works, we know education is failing at a policy level.

Where do we go with this, I say to Sam. Congressman Farr looks back to me and the actively interested community and says, “We should look back to when we could leave our front doors unlocked and work back to that . . . for homeland security.”

It’s education.

I write political policy and who wants to publish national, international controversy in a local paper?

We have a Monterey mayor, former football coach, Mayor Albert says, “You have to enjoy it . . . and why not?” Maybe there’s something of local interest that makes it in national politics.

How can a local community not be interested in education?

“Sh! I’m listening.” Dr Steve Baker, former teacher, Professor and now President of the Monterey Institute said during the local town hall meeting they hosted for our 17th District Congressman, the other night.

Word is: It’s education. We all need to learn.

Maybe the deal is, like my father said, “We all need to learn som’in’.”

(Steve Shapiro from the Monterey Peninsula almost 40 years is the Charter President of the Jr. United Nations, an MIIS alumni, writes political policy for governments and history for publication. Shapiro authored “Carmel - A Timeless Place.”)

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Romantic Passion on Young Love, work in progress; novel from screenplay
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