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So between 1980 and 1996,

So between 1980 and 1996, gold is fairly volatile. Overall, there is not much growth in the value compared to USD. During that time you'd have been 100% better off investing in government bonds, real estate, the stock market, etc. Inflation in the 80s was probably worse than it was today, yet you didn't see gold skyrocket.

You can see here, the price of gold in terms of constant dollars: did not do very well:
http://www.gold-eagle.com/article/gold-and-silver-constant-1...

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a