Trump Supporters Think Trump Will Make Them Rich

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21 Nov 2018, 3:19 am

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Donald Trump Supporters Think President Will Make Them Rich If They Buy Iraqi Money

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A number of people in the U.S. have bought millions of Iraqi dinars in hopes that President Donald Trump would revalue the currency to make them rich.

Rumors that the U.S. government was planning to set the Iraqi dinar—currently worth .00084 of a dollar—to something equal to or even beyond the dollar predate Trump, going back to the period of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's rule before the Gulf War in the early 1990s. The U.S. first took military action in response to his invasion of Kuwait, later sanctioned Baghdad and ultimately unseated the leader in a 2003 invasion, leaving the U.S. in control of a ravaged economy.

As The Daily Beast reported Tuesday, however, this theory has taken on new life under Trump, who some supporters took literally when he promised in April 2017 that all currencies would "be on a level playing field" in response to allegations that China was manipulating the value of the yuan ...

In April 2003, exactly one month into the Iraq War, Newsweek's Sally Atkinson penned this in response to a reader from Lahore, Pakistan, who asked what his 100,000 Iraqi dinars would be worth after the war:

"Sadly, they're not worth much even now. Before the first gulf war, one dinar equaled about $3. Now one is worth less than half a penny. So your 100,000 are good for only about 50 cents. And they'll probably be worth even less when the war ends, says Bob Hormats, a Goldman Sachs economist. At some point, the new Iraqi government will likely create a new dinar (without Saddam's picture on it) and allow old ones to be converted, but a war rarely helps the exchange rate. Hurry and sell them on eBay before everyone else does." ...

In 2013, as the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) that emerged out of Iraqi's Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants began to wreak havoc across Iraq and neighboring Syria, rumors surfaced that Wells Fargo would begin to trade in the dinar, a notion Wasik shot down.

By 2015, he reported that the FBI was investigating Iraqi dinar dealers. The following year, Wasik noted the Securities and Exchange Commission had filed a complaint against a Utah man who made some $1.7 million selling dinar while claiming to have inside knowledge on an upcoming revaluation.

The schemes continued, however. Just last month, "one of the largest Iraqi dinar exchangers in the United States were convicted by a federal jury following a five-week trial," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta, where two co-owners of Sterling Currency Group and its chief operating officer were found guilty of peddling the embattled currency.

Quick searches on Google and Twitter show plenty of believers are still buzzing about a potential Iraqi dinar revaluation, and hoping that billionaire businessman-turned-president Trump will be the one to bring it about.



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21 Nov 2018, 9:31 am

I always thought that Trumpsters were weird, but If they can get this garden gnome to spray water all over Yogi Bear, the grenade will sing Christmas carols to weeds and they'll be able to hide flowers behind weasels all night and slay mountains all day.

:wink: It's been surreal!



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21 Nov 2018, 3:15 pm

You know that old saying, "a fool and his money are soon parted?" Well, this proves it's true.


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25 Nov 2018, 6:03 pm

Trump supporters simply want more money going in their pockets instead of the government's. What is so bad about that? I don't understand the liberal mentality, I really don't.


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25 Nov 2018, 9:24 pm

DystopianShadows wrote:
Trump supporters simply want more money going in their pockets instead of the government's. What is so bad about that? I don't understand the liberal mentality, I really don't.


Because that money going to the government is used for services provided with the social safety net. And no, it's not just lazy people who make use of it (as if the destitute are really lazy at all), but someday you and I as well.


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25 Nov 2018, 10:01 pm

DystopianShadows wrote:
Trump supporters simply want more money going in their pockets instead of the government's. What is so bad about that? I don't understand the liberal mentality, I really don't.


You'll find it's all to often that the ones wanting to raise taxes aren't the ones having to pay because they are poor.
They are not their brothers keeper, they are the ones being kept and would rather rob us than improve their own lot.


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