The third largest metropolitan area in
These are just our first impressions, of course. We only arrived in "Rio," as it is unofficially, more commonly known, on a flight from
While we wait for our clean shirts to join us, let's turn our thoughts back to yesterday...back to fresh, clean clothes and some great musings on the war against the US dollar (YOUR dollars, that is)...
"If you keep your money or savings in US dollars inside of the United States, you are a risk taker of epic proportions," cautioned guest columnist and self-styled dollar vigilante, Jeff Berwick, in yesterday's issue. To this editor's mind, Jeff is right on the money.
"Have you not been paying attention to what is going on?" he asked.
It's a fair enough question, Fellow Reckoner, and one worth repeating. Have you been paying attention to what's going on? Are you taking a good, hard look around you? Anyone who's been in and out of US customs recently ought to at least have an inkling of what's coming down the proverbial pipes.
"To begin with," observed Jeff, "the US Government now employs cash- sniffing dogs at most international airports. If you are carrying more than $10,000 in cash and don't declare it to the Government when coming in or out of the
For those still a little foggy on the details, let's bring in good ol' dictionary.com for some clarity.
Seize (verb, seized, seiz·ing):
1. To take hold of suddenly or forcibly; grasp: to seize a weapon.
2. To grasp mentally; understand clearly and completely: to seize an idea.
3. To take possession of by force or at will: to seize enemy ships.
4. To take possession or control of as if by suddenly laying hold: Panic seized the crowd.
5. To take possession of by legal authority; confiscate: to seize smuggled goods.
Since we're dealing with the government here, we can confidently discount definition #2. Members of "the state" have had six thousand years to boss us
That leaves us with four definitions of the word all requiring force of some kind, either illegally (as in, when individuals seize something from one and other) or legally (as in when the state does so). The reader will do well here to remember that the words "legal" and "moral" are no more synonymous than are the words "tax" and "liberty."
Continued Jeff, "Some government apologists might say, 'If you aren't doing anything wrong, why would you mind being x-rayed, sniffed, patted down, detained and questioned?'
"Besides the obvious absurdity of that question, the main reason this is of concern is because in every case in history when a government has inflated its currency into worthlessness they always institute capital controls. Just ask anyone from
Jeff goes on to raise some excellent - and timely - points, before concluding that, "The US has started another war. The war on money. Anyone with any amount of cash more than will buy them a couple NFL tickets and beers for the game is suspect. And if you are one of those deluded people who thinks the Federal Reserve is evil and is ripping you off and you buy gold or silver to protect yourself, you are a domestic terrorist. It's going to be a fun few years ahead in the
The message is loud and clear. If you haven't already thought about (or, better still, taken actions towards) getting some of your cash out of the United States, yesterday is still the best time to do so.