I’ve got an application sitting on my desk now submitted by a publicity firm working for the US Mint. Apparently, they’ve been hired to go on tour around the country promoting the new $1.00 coin. They have an armored car with a video screen/sound system mounted on its side and a mobile change machine for exchanging $1.00 bills for coins. After spending 4 hours in town passing out t-shirts, coupons and blaring rock music they’ll pack up and go to the next town and do the same.
Query: why is the US Mint spending money to make us feel good about spending money? Inquiring minds need to know.