Montana Rejects Plan to Use Gold Instead of U.S. Dollar
Montana's House of Representatives shot down a proposal that would have allowed the state to electronically trade gold instead of exchanging dollars. The proposal was hailed as "the first step toward an honest money system" or ridiculed "as another conservative move toward state secession."
Republican Rep. Bob Wagner - who introduced the measure - said his proposal would require the Montana state government to trade with some taxpayers and contractors in units of gold, starting with those who pay taxes on tobacco products. Supporters say the new currency exchange would be "separate and parallel" to the traditional exchange of federal notes.
Supporters argue that the measure has nothing to do with secession. They say the federal currency is doomed without sound backing and states can help push the system back to a gold standard by unilaterally trading in gold.
Wagner fought off accusations that he would like to see Montana actually secede from the United States.
"Does that (proposal) mean secession? Not necessarily. I do not support or endorse secession," Wagner said.+11
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