sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Monday, December 21, 2009

Gold Standard of Government



The banknote (left) is a Gold Certificate, meaning that when the United States was on the Gold Standard, you could trade in your banknote (in this case a denomination of $20.00) for $20.00 in gold coin. Whatever your take on the gold standard, it had the benefit of assuring value to US Currency. This process of valuing currency came into fruition in 1900 with the passage of the Gold Standard Act. It was ended in 1933 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt outlawed private ownership of gold in America (with the exception of gold jewelry).

Then we went on the 'Silver Standard', and the government issued Silver Certificates, assuring the bearer that they could exchange their currency for silver specie should they want to haul it around. It had the benefit of assuring value to US Currency.

In 1971, President Richard M. Nixon took the US off the precious metal standard. Today whoever can print the most money rules the world (Republicans, Democrats - leaders of other nations). The US is able to compel foreign countries to produce and subsidize the America with military superiority and control over the monetary printing presses.

We get away with it because the issuer of the international currency must always be the country with the military might to guarantee control over the system. And our military is the best on the planet. America makes the very best war machines. (we don't make much else, but we do make those)

I don't think any president or administration is strong enough to bring the US back to a system of integrity. I don't know where it will all end, but one thing is sure - we are NOT on the Gold Standard of Government. Our printed paper says "trust me". You can take it from there.