Sunday, December 12, 2021

Here Today, Somewhere Else Tomorrow


        "Mommy, what does 'transient' mean?"
        "What a big word, Johnny. Where did you learn a word like that?"
        "We were learning about money in school today and I said how angry Daddy gets because everything costs so much more than it used to. Teacher said it was because of Inflation and everything would go back to normal soon."
        "Is your teacher a Democrat?"
        "I think so."
        "Anyway, some people want to help poor people live better so they get the government to print up lots and lots of money and then they give it out to the poor people."
        "But mommy, if you print up lots of money and just give it out, won't that make the money worth less so everything costs more and daddy's everywhere get angry. Mommy's too."
        "How did you know that?"
        "Elementary my dear mother."
        "Not to everyone."
        "Anyway, what does that have to do with 'transient?"
        "Well, some people think that even if this causes inflation, it will only be temporary and will go away soon. That's what 'transient" means. Temporary. It's another word for 'magic.;"
        "Who would believe silly stuff like that?"
        "A lot of people who should know better."