American politicians have been clamoring about the U.S. facing a significant debt crisis and the debt ceiling putting the country at risk of default. Joe Biden spoke about the debt ceiling and told Republicans to “just get out of the way” when it comes to the decision. Meanwhile, a number of U.S. bureaucrats are floating the idea of minting a $1 trillion platinum coin in order to magically bolster the treasury with cash.
Trillion-Dollar Coin Concept Strongly Considered by US Politicians, Former US Mint Director Says Platinum Coin Can Be Minted in Mere Hours
Simply creating new fiat out of thin air these days is an extremely popular trend, and it seems that many politicians worldwide have not considered the history of economies that have been destroyed by excessive monetary expansion. In the U.S., public officials have been discussing the country’s debt ceiling and whether or not America will default on what it owes.
When reporters asked Biden if he knew if the U.S. would breach the debt ceiling, Biden said: “No, I can’t. That’s up to Mitch McConnell.”
Speaking at a White House news conference, U.S. president Joe Biden stressed: “Raising the debt limit comes down to paying what we already owe… not anything new.” Biden says that Republicans are stonewalling the need to raise the debt limit and he’s asked the party to simply “get out of the way so you don’t destroy [the country].”
Meanwhile, a number of public officials and mainstream media outlets are discussing the idea of minting a $1 trillion platinum coin to save the economy from disaster. It’s not a joke and it is being strongly considered by U.S. politicians who are fans of heterodox macroeconomic concepts like Modern Monetary Theory (MMT).
Moreover, thanks to an interesting piece of legislation, the executive branch — without congressional approval — can mint coinage of any denomination as long as the currency is made from platinum. Additionally, Axios reporter Felix Salmon explains that even if Janet Yellen doesn’t tell the public, she could “quietly instruct the Mint director to take those steps a day or two in advance.” Salmon added:
At that point, a coin could be struck in minutes at the West Point mint. Even if it then needed to be physically deposited at the New York Fed, that’s only a short helicopter ride away.