Retiring USS Ranger to museum status in Fairview, Oregon isn’t going to happen. It’s a shame that one of the most famous and traveled Aircraft Carriers in the world, featured in movies like Top Gun, Flight of the Intruder, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (yea, that was Ranger, playing without complaint, the carrier USS Enterprise) has to be consigned to scrap.
Hey, Tom Cruise – Ranger helped make you famous! Can you call somebody? Tens of thousands of retired sailors at some point had her keys. Anybody keep a spare set? She’s a 1950s design, powered by boilers, so there aren’t any nasty nuclear reactors or anything. Chiefs run the Navy, a few retired guys could get together, sneak aboard, and…Don’t even need any officers.
My first novel, Time Flying, is set aboard Ranger. I’ve been on the ship, and a fan of hers since the mid 80s, when I first saw her tied up at NAS North Island.
I mean, it’s not like Washington would miss the money selling Ranger will bring. She cost $160 million 1950s dollars to build. We Americans spent almost $100 million on our President’s family vacation to Africa this summer, so money must not be a problem.
I know looking forward, not backward, is important. But when we have something that has been such a visible part of our culture, war and peace, security and entertainment, why can’t we keep and enjoy it? If USS Ranger isn’t worth saving and using to remember those things worth remembering, what is?
I really admire all those who have worked so hard to make the dream of Ranger as a museum a reality, and appreciate all their hard work. Here’s a great farewell to a wonderful and deserving mission.
It has been proposed that the Treasury mint and issue a trillion dollar coin.
Why? Is it the stupidest thing you’ve ever heard? I mean, really…I can’t get most vending machines to take a perfect dollar bill without barfing it back at me, and the Government wants to mint a trillion dollar coin?
Seriously, it’s being laughed at in Washington, but believe me, the whole story is a trial balloon, to see how the idea goes over, and I think it will be embraced, because it seems so simple. Here’s how it would work:
The mint stamps out a coin worth a trillion dollars. Maybe two. Or a hundred. Whatever. They deposit the coin in the bank, and say “hey, we’ve got money to pay our bills!”
Really though, how is that different than running the printing presses night and day to print up money, which because we have a fiat currency, they can do anyway? This is much cheaper.
There’s also the possibility that the government, after minting the big coin, will say to China “hey, Chinaman, call in all your Treasury Bills you hold (basically IOUs we print to get them to loan us money) and we’ll be happy to pay them off, with this shiny, new platinum $1 Trillion Dollar coin. There you go, Wo-Fat. Piss off.
Economically, we’re past the point of no return, and to be honest, I’m not sure it’s the dumbest idea in the world. It won’t do anything more than kick the can down the road a couple months, but hey…