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Question: What year will see the end of the federal government in the US?
2011 - 3 (5.3%)
2012 - 16 (28.1%)
2013 - 7 (12.3%)
2014 - 4 (7%)
2015 - 6 (10.5%)
2016-2020 - 9 (15.8%)
2020-2025 - 12 (21.1%)
Total Voters: 56

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July 29, 2011, 08:38:36 AM
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Possible definitions:
1. When the USD enters hyperinflation (100% or more per year)
2. When the federal gov default on its debt. (Includes debt restructuring)
3. When the federal gov has a truly balanced budget and is reducing debt at 5% or more per year.
4. When the federal gov is disbanded (would probably happen some time after 1 or 2 but might happen before or during)

I include number 3 because such a federal government would be something radically other then what exists today.

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July 29, 2011, 01:49:13 PM
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Fascinating no contest on that the system is coming to an end...

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July 29, 2011, 05:22:41 PM
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Fascinating no contest on that the system is coming to an end...

Of course that's the result, there is no "it's not" option.

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July 29, 2011, 10:19:42 PM
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I think all governments in the world will try to mitigate recession and pay debts by printing more money. It will happen anywhere from USA to EU (Greece, Spain, Italy, Ireland), UK, Japan. Cross-currency ratios (e.g. EUR/USD) probably will remain the same, but their purchasing power will drop drastically.

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July 30, 2011, 07:22:39 AM
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Fascinating no contest on that the system is coming to an end...

Of course that's the result, there is no "it's not" option.

There is the option to protest via a reply.

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August 05, 2011, 05:40:22 PM
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Forgot the 'won't' option - U.S. dollars are still the world's safe haven currency and U.S. t-bills are China's favorite place to park their spare cash.

You crazy libertarian guys... sheesh
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August 05, 2011, 05:49:16 PM
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There should be a "never" vote.

Every interaction with the Federal gov't is in fact voluntary.  You don't want the Federal Gov't ... then opt out. Fill out an SSA-521, notarized a declaration of status, stop accepting their benefits. Do not cross the minimum sufficient contacts threshold and do all transactions with them at arms length.


Many people will never do this.
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August 05, 2011, 06:01:57 PM
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God how i wish it was right now lol. Time to rip of the band aids and get back on track to being a country its citizens can be proud of.
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August 05, 2011, 06:15:54 PM
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You should have a "Beyond 2025" question.  I don't think it's going anywhere anytime soon.

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August 05, 2011, 07:17:10 PM
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You should have a "Beyond 2025" question.  I don't think it's going anywhere anytime soon.

Really? You think someone will prop them up from under the tidal wave of debt, please speculate on how that happens.

That's IF Americans don't take them on in direct confrontation first. The Fed is spitting in the face of the average American, that's not a sustainable governance.
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August 05, 2011, 07:21:42 PM
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Hm, lets start a huge BTC betting pool regarding this. Would be interesting...  Roll Eyes

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August 05, 2011, 07:24:15 PM
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lol - US Government isn't going anywhere, you'd be a fool to think it's going to end.

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August 05, 2011, 07:32:53 PM
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lol - US Government isn't going anywhere, you'd be a fool to think it's going to end.

Only a fool thinks you can't keep printing money without consequences.
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August 05, 2011, 09:23:14 PM
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lol - US Government isn't going anywhere, you'd be a fool to think it's going to end.

Only a fool thinks you can't keep printing money without consequences.

And only a fool would think the collapse of the largest economy in the world would not pull everyone else down with them.

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August 05, 2011, 09:28:04 PM
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The world would eventually be better off for shedding the currently failing, false economy. Hopefully, the collapse of the largest Government on the planet would drag the rest of them down.

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August 05, 2011, 09:32:07 PM
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For the sake of this poll, since the author so biasedly decided not to include the option, I am treating 2020-2025 as the "Never" option.
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August 05, 2011, 09:32:51 PM
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And only a fool would think the collapse of the largest economy in the world would not pull everyone else down with them.

Yes, it probably will.
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August 05, 2011, 09:42:56 PM
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guess after work i am going to go buy guns and bottled water....
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August 05, 2011, 09:52:39 PM
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There is no 'never' option because it doesn't make sense if you know one bit about history. Empires rise and fall, nothing lasts forever. Of course it could be way after 2025 that it collapses. And it will always be due to an unexpected event, not some artificial accounting construct like a debt limit (though it could set things in motion).

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August 05, 2011, 10:05:11 PM
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There is no 'never' option because it doesn't make sense if you know one bit about history. Empires rise and fall, nothing lasts forever. Of course it could be way after 2025 that it collapses. And it will always be due to an unexpected event, not some artificial accounting construct like a debt limit (though it could set things in motion).

Then I'll treat the "2020-2025" option as the "2020+" option.  It's not going to collapse in the next 17 years.
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