Montana tells lawmaker gold is for fools

November 15, 2012 in Gold, Politics, Precious Metals

By KEVIN CIRILLI. 11/15/12 (

A Montana state lawmaker’s request to be paid in gold and silver coins has been denied by the state.

Earlier this week, state Rep. Jerry O’Neil wrote the state legislature asking to be paid his annual $7,000 salary in coins because constituents in his district told him he wasn’t doing his duty to uphold the U.S. Constitution, which O’Neil and Gold standard supporters say requires the government only print gold-backed money.

Jaret Coles, a Montana legislative staff attorney, said that’s not going to happen.

“The United States Constitution does not require states to pay debts in gold and silver. Additionally, there is no specific authority in the Montana Code Annotated for an agency to pay debts using gold or silver for services,” Coles wrote.

What’s O’Neil think about that?

“It seems to me kind of silly that a judge can rewrite the Constitution in the court of law,” said O’Neil, a Republican who represents a district in the northern part of the state. “Maybe they have some merit but right at the moment it doesn’t seem like they do.”

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