Moderator: Welcome back to our debate. I’m Rhett Bear and if you’re just joining us, Papa Smurf, Brainy Smurf and Smurfette are debating various topics. Let’s move on. Our next topic has people worried. It concerns the value of the dollar. It has been mentioned, lately, that we should go back to using silver and gold in our buying and selling. What do you think of this? Should we use it? Why or why not? Papa Smurf, we’ll start with you.
Papa Smurf: (smiles knowingly) Well, I remember when people used gold and silver to buy and sell and I think it worked out better than the dollar. The rate of the dollar just keeps raising, to where it isn’t even worth anything anymore. I think we should start over with silver and gold.
Moderator: Thank you, Papa Smurf. Brainy, what do you think?
Brainy Smurf: Well, as Papa Smurf said, the dollar just isn’t worth anything, anymore. You can’t get anywhere with it. I don’t think we should use silver and gold, that’s just too old fashioned. It’s for old fogeys.
(Papa Smurf clears his throat loudly)
Brainy Smurf: Well, it is, Papa Smurf. People don’t want old and washed up things. They want new things.
Papa Smurf: Are you suggesting I’m old and washed up?
Brainy Smurf: Well, you said it, Papa Smurf.
(Outcry from the audience of mixed reactions)
Moderator: All right, all right. Calm down. Back on the subject, Brainy.
Brainy Smurf: Ah, yes! Of course. I think we should use Smurfberries in our buying and selling. They’re very valuable and there’s no way they will lose their value. Forget this dollar and silver stuff. Smurfberries will work out best and everyone will appreciate a good smurfberry as payment.
(A combination of claps and boo’s are heard from the audience)
Moderator: Smurfette, what do you think?
Smurfette: Oh, Mr. Bear, I don’t think we need anything at all. In our village, everyone works hard and does his or her job. We don’t need to pay for things. We have everything we need and we share what we have with others. Everyone worked hard to build the bridge in our village and we worked together. No one was paid for it.
I think if everyone gets along and shares with each other, we won’t have to buy anything.
(Audience bursts into laughter)
Moderator: (laughing) I don’t know if that will work in our world, Smurfette. There are too many dishonest people in the nation and they will steal everything they can.
Smurfette: Well, they shouldn’t because that’s bad.
(Audience laughter increases)
It is! We don’t need a standard. We should just share!
(Audience is so loud, Smurfette cannot be heard over the laughter)
Smurfette: Oh, boo hoo! Why is everyone laughing at me? Oh, boo, hoo, hoo! Boo hoo! Boo hoo!
Moderator: We have to take a break but we’ll be back with part three of this debate.
Stay tuned for the 3rd and final portion of the debate. Will Smurfette ever be consoled?
Also, be sure to vote for your choice of smurf as president, in November.