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Arizona Makes Gold & Silver Legal Tender

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Arizona follows Utah’s lead by making gold and silver legal tender.  More than a dozen states have considered similar moves in the last few years. This is a further kick in the stones for people’s faith in the US dollar since Central Bankers have gone full retard with the printing presses. At least now in Arizona there is an alternative that cannot be inflated so easily. Watch this space as more will undoubtedly follow.

 

PHOENIX (Reuters) – The Arizona Senate on Tuesday approved a measure to make gold and silver legal currency in the state, in a response to what backers said was a lack of confidence in the international monetary system.

The legislation cleared the Republican-controlled Senate by an 18-10 vote after being approved by the state House earlier this month. It now goes to Republican Governor Jan Brewer, who has not indicated if she will sign it into law or veto it.

The bill calls for Arizona to make gold and silver coins and bullion legal tender beginning in mid-2014, joining existing U.S. currency issued by the federal government.

If signed into law, Arizona would become the second state in the nation to establish these precious metals as legal tender. Utah approved such legislation in 2011.

More than a dozen states have considered similar legislation in recent years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The use of gold and silver as currency would be strictly voluntary, with businesses left free to accept the precious metals as payment for goods and services as they choose.

State Senator Chester Crandell, a Republican and sponsor of the bill, said the ability to use gold and silver in everyday life in the state is still a “work in progress” and that more legislation was needed before it could be viable.

“This is the first step in getting it into the statute so we can build on it,” Crandell said at an earlier hearing on the bill.

But Democratic state Senator Steve Farley said the bill could create massive problems for businesses in the state and government officials trying to administer what would in effect be a dual monetary system.

“There’s no reason for us to do this,” Farley told lawmakers during the final vote on Tuesday. “This is another one of those things that gets national press for us – and not in a good way.”

He also pointed to the recent decline in the value of gold – which sank to $1,321.35 per ounce on April 16, its lowest price in more than two years – noting that “anybody who thinks gold or silver is a really safe place to put your money had better think again.”

The push to establish gold and silver as currency has become increasingly popular in the United States in recent years among some hardline fiscal conservatives, with the backing of groups including the Tea Party movement, American Principles Project and the Gold Standard Institute.

Keith Weiner, president of the Gold Standard Institute advocacy group and a supporter of the bill, said the legislation was needed to counter what he sees as insolvency in the global monetary system.

“The dollar system and all of the other derivative currencies, including the euro, are a recipe for worldwide bankruptcy,” Weiner told lawmakers at an earlier hearing, adding that a “sound and honest money system such as gold and silver” was needed to bring stability.

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Fed Has No Plan B

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According to Kevin Warsh,( former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve from from 2006 to 2011), the Fed has no “plan B” and Washington has no strategies for growth. Well one thing is for sure, whatever they are trying, it ain’t working.

At the very crux of the financial crisis, former Fed governor Kevin Warsh notes, “experimental extreme monetary policy,” had the “right risk-reward”, but, he warns, in this excellent (and somewhat chilling) discussion at the Milken Institute, “we left a financial crisis more than for years ago.” While the politicians may ‘prefer’ to think of this as a crisis – and indeed “for them it is a crisis as they preside over an economy that refuses to grow,” which has tended to lead to loss of office, but, Warsh condemns, “they have run out of excuses.” Over the last several years, “[the Fed] has over-promised and under-delivered,” and the bank’s most important asset – credibility – is under attack.

The Fed has “enabled” Washington to do nothing, since the politicians expect the same “rabbit out of the hat” rescue that occurred in the darkest days of the financial crisis. This means no growth strategies (“the mix of policies has to be right”) will occur. Since the financial crisis, Washington has done its level best to focus on GDP in the next quarter, or perhaps the election, and precious little beyond that short-term horizon. Warsh concludes, “There Is No Plan B.”

The Fed has fewer degrees of freedom and the rest of Washington is not coming to the rescue; and furthermore “the ability of a central bank, exclusively, without the rest of Washington doing any bit of the task, to turn an economy from a modest recovery to a robust one is an experiment that is untested – and will not prove to be successful.

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Source: ZeroHedge

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