Over the last 100 years, Americans have completely lost control of their Constitutional money; to the point where they must pay a tax to essentially make change. Imagine breaking a twenty dollar bill and only getting a ten and a five back, with the other five going to the government. This is the potential problem one encounters when attempting to spend gold or silver money. It’s no accident. The laws are specifically set up to force everyone to use fiat currencies.
In order to restore sound money to the market, there are a couple of laws that need to be changed. One is the repeal of legal tender laws, but perhaps more importantly, is an end to the taxation of gold and silver. This is precisely what the Sound Money Promotion Act does. Senators Jim DeMint [R-SC], Rand Paul [R-KY], and Mike Lee [R-UT] are the sponsors.
The objective of the current system is to force everyone to store their wealth in dollars, where it can be surreptitiously taxed via inflation. To paraphrase Keynes, not one man in a million will recognize the nature of this game. This enables the government to run enormous deficits and provides a bailout mechanism for the banks whereby their losses and can added to the public debt.
In order to spend gold or silver money, one must first convert them to dollars. If you were coginzant enough not to store your wealth in a depreciating currency, then you are legally required to pay a penalty for that. When you convert gold to dollars, you are not paying a tax on the “gains” in gold, but rather the losses in the dollar that you would have suffered through its debasement. Think about that for a second. It’s a critical point of understanding.
Currently we are all trapped in a global currency war in which every country believes it can solve its problems by debasing its currency the fastest. A difficult game to win for sure, and one that tends to destroy middle classes in the process. More and more people are waking up to this reality every day. They are opting out of paper money as a store of wealth and choosing gold and silver.
I’ve consistently noticed an interesting reaction as people begin to save in precious metals. They start to enjoy the process of saving and accumulating real money. I predict that even after the fiat currency crisis passes, that many will not want to part with their real money. That they will want to continue to store their wealth in gold and silver. And ultimately, the thought will occur to many, “why can’t I just spend my money directly? Why must I first convert it to paper and suffer the losses”?
Right now, most people still don’t know what sound money means, or why it’s so important. As a result, the current version of the Sound Money Protection Act will likely go nowhere. But a critical lesson, as to why gold and silver have been money for thousands of years, will soon be taught again. Perhaps then enough people will understand, and we will have our Constitutional money returned to us.