THE TEN-INCH RULER


Or the 38-inch yardstick.


            I cannot recall just how many times America’s debt limit has been raised by congress but it has happened numerous times in my lifetime. I wonder, just how far in debt an entity can go and still be solvent? If it were me it would be a few thousand at best but with the USA it seems to be trillions. That’s a bunch!

            I turn on a news channel on TV and there is a big discussion, argument, debate, or whatever you want to call it, about how to solve our debt/tax/monetary problems. Everybody has got a position but does anybody have a solution?

            Article I, Section 8, of the US constitution says congress shall have power “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;.” Perhaps it is not an accident that coining money and fixing the standard of weights and measures is in the same statement. It appears that they were all recognized as measurements. Thus originally congress fixed the value/measurement of a dollar at an ounce of silver or 1/20th of an ounce of gold. As we have varied greatly from that perhaps it is time to change the other measurements; thus the 10-inch ruler and the 38-inch yardstick. How about an eleven-ounce pound? Sixteen ounces is just too much, and it seems to be higher than many people can count.

            Well I suppose we are not ready for that just yet; people seem to expect at least some measure of sanity - just not too much.

            Let’s solve America’s problems, indeed the world’s! How to do that? How about a firm foundation? What? Go back to the gold standard? Well, if not that, then some kind of firm, stable, dependable foundation. Don’t want to do that? Then how about a eleven-ounce pound, a ten-inch ruler, and a 38-inch yard stick, or a flexible one?


            “There has been a load of compromising on the road to my horizon, but I’m gonna be where the lights are shining on me.”


                                                                                    From: Rhinestone Cowboy