Tiny fact. Interest on the US National Debt is now almost a BILLION DOLLARS A DAY! Oh well... "A Billion dollars isn't what it used to be." - Nelson Bunker Hunt. The ability to print money at will does not make a nation rich. It can even ensure the reverse. China invented paper money - I think in the 11th Century C.E. Their first issue created such dire economic problems they didn't try again for 150 years.