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Depends on your point of view

Comedian Stephen Colbert testified before Congress on Friday. My first reaction was to ask myself what world public opinion would think of the United States when they heard about a serious matter being addressed by an entertainer who was testifying as his television character would.

But I got over that when I watched the five minutes of his remarks on immigration.
At that point I was a convert. I decided that it would be a good idea for Colbert to testify on all numismatic matters. He might make sense of things.

Wouldn’t you like to know what he thinks about the new three-inch diameter, five troy ounce silver coin that the Mint is just starting to make as part of the America the Beautiful program?

I would.

It has a face value of 25 cents, just like the clad coins that circulate or the 90 percent silver coins in silver proof sets.

Perhaps this will make sense after he is finished explaining it.

Colbert’s opinion about the Mint’s efforts to persuade Americans to use Presidential and Native American dollars in their daily transactions would also be most edifying. He might even be able to gently educate anyone who might think the coins are actually made of gold.

Or perhaps he will convince the rest of Americans that the coins really are gold and that they should be hoarded.

That would take care of the excess supply at the Federal Reserve.

Then there is the matter of what cents and nickels should be made of. The Mint has been losing money on them for the last four years. That’s no joke, but perhaps I have just been looking at it wrong all this time.

I am willing to be educated.

How about you?

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3 Responses to Depends on your point of view

  1. Mark says:

    Why should we concerned about entertainers testifying before Congress anymore when Al Frankin is sitting in the US Senate and John Hall (former lead singer of Orleans) is in the House. We’ve already had Sonny Bono in Congress and Ronald Reagan as President as others as well..

  2. Scott says:

    Colbert is an idiot and the Democrat that invited him made a mockery of congress. The Democrats have plenty of time for comedians, but no time to vote on extension of the Bush tax cuts. Heck, the Democrats didn’t even pass a budget this year because they don’t want to publicize how deep in debt they’ve put our country.

  3. Hey Scott… not to turn this into a political discussion, but three budget bills are in the Senate with Rule 21 filibuster requests on them (Rule 21 allows a senator to say he or she will filibuster without having to stand up and filibuster). All have been filibustered by the GOP.

    As for Stephen Colbert, it’s no different than any other celeb taking the stand. Kevin Costner recently testified he had a machine that would separate the oil coming from the Deep Water Horizon well.

    Amongst the other celebrities who have testified before a congressional committee have been Michael J. Fox,Christopher Reeve, Elton John, Isaac Hayes, Ben Affleck, Charleton Heston, Danielle Steele, Muhammad Ali, Sheryl Crow, Tony Bennett, Julia Roberts, and don’t for get Elmo!

    Didn’t Tommy Lasorda make a "hit" a few years ago when talking about steroids in baseball? I hardly call his testimony anything to crow about.

    Congress uses these testimonies to attract attention. Otherwise, of Colbert didn’t show up at this hearing, would we have known there was committee looking into migrant farm workers?

    Too bad the subcommittee meeting held in July about the US Mint didn’t have a celebrity to bring attention to the lousy designs. I wonder if there’s a modern-day Salvadore Dali who could draw attention to this issue!

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