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A Republican state legislator in Montana who once supported U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) for president is asking to be paid in gold and silver coins to guard against a collapse of the dollar.

State Rep. Jerry O'Neil (R-Columbia Falls) wrote to the state's Office of Legislative Services on Friday making the request, noting that concerns among his constituents about the national debt have prompted him to ask for payment in gold and silver coins "that are unadulterated with base metals." O'Neil, who is entering his sixth term, had not objected previously to being paid in dollars by the state for his services. Politico first reported the story on Tuesday.

"My constituents, when I went door to door, one of the things they were interested in was the $17 trillion national debt," O'Neil told The Huffington Post. "Some of my constituents said we would not have this problem if we had currency backed by gold."

(The Department of the Treasury, as of this writing, gave the U.S. federal debt as $16.2 trillion.)

O'Neil said these concerns inspired him to look into ways to best protect the people of Montana, and he felt the use of gold to pay his salary and possibly other state bills would be one solution. O'Neill backed Paul in his presidential campaign, one platform of which was a return to the gold standard.

In his letter to the state, O'Neil said that he believes that accepting gold and silver coins for his salary would allow him to fulfill his obligations to the U.S. Constitution as a legislator.

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It is very likely the bottom will fall out from under the U.S. dollar. Only so many dollars can be printed before they have no value. The Keynesian era of financing government with debt appears to be close to its demise.
If and when that happens, how can we in the Montana Legislature protect our constituents? -- The only answer I can come up with is to honor my oath to the U.S. Constitution and request that your debt to me be paid in gold and silver coins that will still have value when the U.S. dollar is reduced to junk status. I therefore request my legislative pay to be in gold and silver coins that are unadulterated with base metals.

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I wonder if my employer will pay me in alpacas?

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I'm betting that a space tug will bring back a solid gold asteroid 500' across before this wing nut gets paid in gold. California used to be called the land of fruits and nuts, but I think the nuts have moved to the Idaho/Montana border. I trust Keynesian economics more than the capricious nature of precious metals that we haven't yet found.

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Well he won't be getting paid in gold and silver to be sure. Regardless of whether or not the gold standard is superior to Keynesian economics.

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I expect he could set up a direct deposit system with whatever gold seller O'Reilly is pimping for these days.? Get some nice pants along with....
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I wonder how many of these gold bug types are aware that when we were on a strict gold standard, depressions were a regular occurrence in the US.  And if they do know, is that really what they want to go back to?

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I wonder how many of these gold bug types are aware that when we were on a strict gold standard, depressions were a regular occurrence in the US.  And if they do know, is that really what they want to go back to?

Much like those moronic secessionists who will no doubt want to keep their United States citizenship and haven't quite twigged to the fact they just gave their names and email addresses (before you can sign a petition you have to establish a validated account with Whitehouse.gov) to the very government they want to commit treason against.
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