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Debasement

The act of lowering the value of something, especially a coin. In the past, a government would melt coins down and mix them with a metal of lower value in order to create more coins of the same denomination. This inevitably caused inflation, though it is unclear how well these governments understood that. Because few currencies are now based on a precious metal, debasement it rare.
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Harper screamed about the importance of Parliament in his opposition years and it would be hard to find examples of any Prime Minister who has debased Parliament so quickly and so gleefully.
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So, granted, Washington is corrupt and debased, and it's entirely possible that political leaders will be distracted by some new scandal or foreign misadventure.
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It is a sign of either how debased our expectations have become or how skillfully the Bush administration can shift the goal posts of public debate that the move was hailed as a victory for free speech.