Utah Pushes To Accept Gold, Silver As Alternative Currency

Friday, March 4, 2011
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
03/03/2011

A month ago we reported that the state of Virginia has established a subcommittee to study alternatives in the case of a terminal “Fed” breakdown, and would propose gold as a sound alternative to the existing fiat currency. Now, the state of Utah has gone a step further and is actually voting, as early as today, on whether to recognize gold and silver coins, issued by the federal government, as legal currency, a move that would send a huge signal to the Marriner Eccles building that Americans have had enough of the Fed’s dollar debasement. “The coins would not replace the current paper currency but would be used and accepted voluntarily as an alternative.” Reports Foxnews: “The legislation, which has 12 co-sponsors, would let Utahans pay their taxes with gold and also calls for a committee to study alternative currencies for the state. It would also exempt the sale of gold from the state capital gains tax. The bill cleared a state legislative committee on Wednesday, the first of 11 similar bills in statehouses across the country to do so. If the bill clears the House, it would have to pass the Senate before the governor could sign it into law.” Paying taxes in gold? Interesting. We certainly hope this was not highlighted due to being the only viable use of funds, as one would question the legitimacy of the entire proposal. Finally: “Attorney and Tea Party activist Larry Hilton, author of the original bill, said he doesn’t foresee any roadblocks.” We shall see about that, but in the meantime it is worth highlighting that the onslaught against the dollar is coming not only from China which as we reported yesterday is pushing to convert the renminbi to a global reserve currency, but from within, as more and more states realize that the viability of the dollar is now crippled, thanks to the Chairprinter.

From FoxNews:

“There’s enough uneasiness going on in the economy to trigger people to feel that, hey, having a little Plan B, kind of a backup system, is not a bad idea,” he told FoxNews.com.

The U.S. used some version of the gold standard from 1873 until 1933, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt outlawed the private ownership of gold amid the Great Depression. An international monetary system based on a gold-exchange standard continued until 1971 when President Richard Nixon stopped the U.S. from redeeming dollars for gold altogether.

Critics of the gold standard say it limits countries’ control over its monetary policy and leaves them vulnerable to financial shocks, such as the Great Depression. But supporters argue that the current financial system’s dependence on the Federal Reserve exposes the value of U.S. money to the threat of inflation.

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