I have talked with every one I know:"What is a dollar worth?" And they look back, puzzlement in their eyes. The fact is, we have no idea. 5 years ago a dollar was not worth much, as so many folks traded dollars for real estate. 15 years ago we had no idea as we traded dollars for tech stocks. We have never thought dollars were worth much because as a country we rarely saved them. We are printing money like sand on a beach now. Do you know what your dollars are worth? The government does not want to give us dollars directly, because they fear that we will save them instead of spend them. What would have been wrong with saving money thereby making dollars more valuable.