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Melman on Gold & Silver

...we cannot help but wonder exactly how nation after nation, already massively in debt and presently burdened with monumental operating deficits, is going to come up with such largesse. We also wonder exactly how going ever-more deeply into debt is going to resolve a debt crisis.

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