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Friday, November 25, 2011

Fort Worth Man Gets 80 Years for Counterfeiting, Something the Federal Reserve Does Every Day


“But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply… See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.”
-Frederic Bastiat, French political economist

CBS News reports:

“A Fort Worth man has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for trying to buy movie theater hot dogs with counterfeit cash.

Charles Cleveland Nowden was sentenced Friday, two days after being convicted of forgery.

Two years ago Nowden used a fake $20 bill when trying to buy hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks at a Mansfield movie theater.”

80 years. The man gets 80 years for creating money out of thin air, which is essentially a life sentence. I’m only 24, and it would probably be a life sentence for me. This is the second harshest penalty a man can get in Texas. The only thing left after life in prison is the death penalty, and in many states, they don’t even use the death penalty, so this man is getting the strictest possible punishment that you can get in many U.S. states. There are criminals who rape and murder that don’t get so harsh a penalty. And this man wasn’t even charged with running some elaborate multimillion dollar counterfeiting operation. His crime was using a fake $20 bill to buy a hot dog and some popcorn, and police found another $120 in fake bills on him.

Now what kind of punishment should the Federal Reserve Bank get for doing the exact same thing that this man did, only on an order of magnitude astronomically greater?

Read the rest of my article at The Silver Underground.


Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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