Bill Greene’s biggest claim to fame is spurning Donald Trump and voting for Ron Paul as a member of the electoral college in 2016. But Bill is more than just a “faithless elector.” He’s an assistant professor of political science at South Texas College, and an expert on “constitutional tender” and sound money.
In this edition of It’s Your Dime, host Mike Maharrey talks to Bill about his experience as a member of the electoral college and the importance of reestablishing gold and silver as legal tender in the United States.
Fundamentally, gold and silver are money. But most governments treat precious metals as a commodity. They don’t accept it as payment. Worse than that, they tax it. Think about the absurdity of this policy.
What can we do when the federal government exceeds its constitutional authority? Thomas Jefferson answered that question in 1798. He said, “nullification is the rightful remedy.” But what in the world is nullification? And how do you do it?
Last week, officials broke ground for construction of the country’s first state gold depository in Texas. The creation of the Texas Bullion Depository represents a power-shift away from the federal government, provides a mechanism for the state to establish a higher level of economic independence, and sets the foundation to undermine the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.
Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.) introduced HR6790 on Sept. 12. Titled the Monetary Metals Tax Neutrality Act of 2018, the legislation would amend the IRS code to exempt the sale of “refined gold or silver bullion, coins, bars, rounds, or ingots which are valued primarily based on their metal content and not their form,” from capital gains taxes.
The cost of living continues to ratchet up in the United States.
You don’t need me to tell you this. You probably feel the squeeze in your own wallet. As Peter Schiff pointed out in his most recent podcast, the average wage rate has gone up 2.7% in the last year. Meanwhile, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased by 2.9% during the same period. The CPI almost certainly understates the cost of living, but even if you take that number at face value, Americans are losing ground.
Most people accept inflation as “part of life.” But why? Why do prices steadily increase? As Nick Giambruno put it in an article published by the International Man, “This is all a predictable consequence of the US abandoning sound money.”
Some people claim gold isn’t “sound” money any more than dollars or euros. They argue that the gold supply can be inflated just like a fiat currency. After all, gold is constantly being pulled out of the ground, right? They say a gold standard actually makes the boom-bust cycle worse. But commentators who make this claim miss a number of important points.
Earlier this month, Peter Schiff said Federal Reserve policy is pushing us toward a no-growth, high-inflation economy.
Ron Paul digs down to the root causes of our economic woes in this in-depth look at the US financial system and the need for reform. Paul says a monetary crisis is coming. What will replace the dollar? Paul makes a strong case for gold.
Gold and silver are money. But most governments treat precious metals like a commodity. They don’t accept it as payment. Worse than that, they tax it. Think about the absurdity of this policy. Can you imagine getting taxed for getting change at the bank?