Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Marshall Mint

By most accounts, Bob Marshall is a good guy and, unlike most politicians, genuine in his beliefs. That said, he does take some fairly conservative stands on the issues – some of which are pretty far out there.

Like this one. He wants the state to conduct a study to determine whether Virginia should mint its own gold and silver coins.

Allow me to save us all a million dollars in taxes, Bob. The Constitution squarely places the power “to coin money” in the federal government. For those of you playing at home, look at Article 1, sections 8 and 10.

While Delegate Marshall states the coins wouldn’t be actual “money,” it's a nuance far beyond my limited mental capacity and the intent is obviously the same. Regardless, between Marshall’s coinage proposal and LeMunyon’s repeal amendment, we northern Virginians must look to the rest of the country more like The Army of Northern Virginia.

And, as I recall, that didn't work out so well last time.

WaPo article here

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