By J.D. ALT
In recent essays I’ve made reference to a new framing of what is actually happening when the U.S. treasury issues a bond. It seems to me, this new framing goes to the heart of MMT and might well hold the key to a practical implementation of MMT principles in real world applications. The framing is this:
A U.S. treasury bond is a certificate of issuance of future dollars.
I will expand on this in a moment, but first it is important to say what this framing says a treasury bond is NOT: