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Lawmaker asks to be paid in gold and silver

By Associated Press
Published On: Nov 13 2012 11:14:40 AM MST

A legislator from Columbia Falls is asking the state to pay him in gold and silver coins because he is skeptical about the future of the dollar.
Republican Rep. Jerry O'Neil justified his request in his letter to Montana Legislative Services this week by saying a clause in the U.S. Constitution says no state shall "make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts."
O'Neil writes that he believes the high national debt makes it possible the bottom will fall out from under the U.S. dollar.
O'Neil says he does not know how legislative services will respond.
But he says he is trying to get people to start thinking about what will happen if the U.S. currency collapses.