Change You Can Besieged In

Tom Coburn’s debt-reduction proposal: “The Treasury Department should phase out use of the $1 bill and replace it with the $1 coin. Paper-based currencies wear out faster than coins, and so cost taxpayers more in the long run.” The pocket-bursting savings would be $184 million a year. [ThinkProgress]


Let’s start by scrapping the penny and nickel and see where that gets us.

I wonder how strippers and drag queens would feel about this development.

@mellbell: The wise Canadians do OK with the loonie and toonie.

Sweating coins will be the new crime wave to sweep the nation.

Exactly… but it is slightly depressing to have change and realize that you’ve got 20 bucks in coins in your pocket.

James Coburn’s solution: A Fistful of Dynamite.

Good idea. Let’s do it with the fiver too. Personally, I almost never use money any more. I can’t remember the last time I went to an ATM. Mind you, I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast, either.

On a more fabulous note: our solicitor in London represented Rupert Murdoch!! Oh and plus his daughter is married to Freud’s great-grandson!!

Didn’t we try to get people to use a dollar coin twice before (the Susan B. Anthony and Sacajawea dollars)? How did that work out? Well, maybe if we don’t put a girl on it people will use it.

@rptrcub: after getting a dance in the VIP room or VIP couch, i’ve always wanted to whip out my check book and tell the stripper: diamond, you sure are a pretty woman, i really like the way you dance. who do i make the check out to? D..I..A..M..O….. and see how long it takes to induce a bouncer confrontation.

@Mistress Cynica: The most recent iteration seems to feature presidents (I got a Buchanan as change from MTA a week or so ago).

@mellbell: Anyone know why Mexican dudes like Buchanan’s Scotch whiskey? I had some shots of that stuff at my friend Hector’s place. Do they even sell it outside of the Southwest and Mexico?

I know this was proposed by a Republican and all, but I can’t help but feel that someone from the Tea Party is going to come out and oppose this because forcing Americans to use big, clunky coins instead of paper is somehow infringing on our right to slight conveniences. Or something equally stupid.

@Mistress Cynica: Put some Sportique on it. Of course in Europe (big sigh, roll eyes) equivalent coins are used all the time.

@JNOVjr: Where have you been, kid? Romping around at college with all those sophomore girls is no excuse for not visiting your intertoobez ghost-parents once in a while.

@Mistress Cynica: Put Regan on it and it will never go out of circulation. Sadly.

I forget who’s on the new one. I traded one to some guy for a buckfitty.

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