Looking back over this year I’m inclined to think of it as the year that conservatives decided that we should be using other things for money instead of moeny.
Today I noticed that state Rep. Bobby Franklin (R) of Georgia has introduced a bill to mandate that the state of Georgia conduct all its transactions in gold coins — taxes in, payments out, the whole bit. Specifically “pre-1965 silver coins, silver eagles, and gold eagles.” And Stuart Varney and Andrew Napolitano got into a lather last month about how exciting an all gold economy might be.
But it’s not just about gold. Six months ago then-candidate Sue Lowden went full barter when she endorsed the idea of bending the medical inflation cost curve by paying your doctor with chickens.
I’m not sure what other examples there are beside gold and chickens. But I feel like there were many more examples of support for moving to either a gold- or chicken-based economy. Who remembers? Who has another example?
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.