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|[Posted March 17, 2006]
You are Cheated
by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
MyWay, Thursday, March 16, 2006--Senate Passes $2.8 Trillion 2007 Budget
The Senate on Thursday passed an election-year budget
plan forsaking President Bush's tax cuts and Medicare curbs, hours
after lifting the ceiling on the national debt to $9 trillion.
Treasury Secretary John Snow applauded Congress for
"protecting the full faith and credit of the United States." He said it
ensures that the government "can deliver on promises already made, such
as Social Security and Medicare payments and aid for the victims of the
The present limit on the debt is $8.2 trillion.
The increase is an unhappy necessity - the alternative would be a
disastrous first-ever default on U.S. obligations - that greatly
overshadowed a mostly symbolic, weeklong debate on the GOP's budget
Democrats blasted the bill, saying it was needed because of fiscal
mismanagement by Bush, who came to office when the government was
running record surpluses.
"When it comes to deficits, this president owns all the records," said
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. "The three largest deficits
in our nation's history have all occurred under this administration's
So actually this money doesn't even exist in Vedic society—money.
Prabhupada: Money is not required. You require things.
Just like instead of money, you are getting papers. Money means gold.
Where is gold? You are cheated. Money means gold. So instead of
possessing gold, you are possessing some paper, written there, "hundred
dollars." And you are such a fool, you are satisfied. You are being
cheated. Bank's cheque and currency notes, you keep it in your...—"Oh,
here is my money." Is that money? Just see.
Devotee: They only do that to make it easier for them,
because they've got so much money that they can't carry it...
Prabhupada: That's all right, but actually it is not
money. You are befooled. You are such a fool that you accept a piece of
paper as money. Therefore I say you are rascal. That is my business. If
I say "Government, give me gold," and government has passed law, "No,
you cannot possess gold," that means cheating. How I shall keep gold,
that is my business. First of all you give me gold. It is due to me.
But you are giving me paper. That means cheating is begun from you.
Harikesa: How will the government decide what my gold is
and what his gold is? How does the gold get distributed?
Prabhupada: Gold coins. Formerly there was gold coins. We
have seen in our childhood gold coins, silver coins. There was no paper.
Harikesa: But you have to do something to get it.
Prabhupada: Yes. I will have to do something. That is
another thing. But why you are cheating me? Instead of gold, you are
giving me paper.