as good as money
For those of you who remember the movie Dumb & Dumber, this current economic crisis calls to mind a particular scene:
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Nicholas Andre: Where's all the money?
Lloyd: That's as good as money sir, those are IOUs. Go ahead and add it up every cents accounted for. Look, see this that's a car, 275 thou might want to hang on to that one.