Much of the wackiness so far in the Virginia General Assembly’s 2013 session has come out of the state Senate. I’m talking about their silly redistricting plan and Sen. Bill Stanley’s constitutional amendment establishing a right to shove your religion down someone else’s throat.
Evidently the House of Delegate is feeling overlooked in the crazy department. They must feel it’s necessary to play some catch-up. Because they’ve come out with some doozies just this week.
The nuttiest, by far, passed the House Monday night. Sponsored solely by Del. Bob Marshall, R-Prince William (no wonder, and who else?) it’s a resolution establishing a commission that anticipates the collapse of the Federal Reserve and would figure out a Virginia state currency to replace the dollar.
No kidding. This actually passed the House Monday night by a vote of 65-32. I am not making this up. Click on that tally to see how your lawmakers voted.
It’s never occurred to me Virginia would need a replacement currency in such circumstance. After all, if the Federal Reserve goes belly up, a lot of other things — and nations — are going down with it.
There will be such utter chaos that it’s almost amusing to contemplate anyone cranking up a Virgina State Mint in Richmond. Lead and gunpowder will be worth a lot more than gold under such circumstances, which will never happen. But anyway, the resolution is a reality, no matter how unreal it seems.
So let’s put our thinking caps on about this new currency. I might pen a column about this, so any ideas you have are appreciated — I’ll surely pinch the best ones.
The tree-hugging Marshall’s resolution calls for a metal coin. This raises a number of interesting issues.
- What material should it be made of, and why?
- What should we call this new currency? Please elaborate.
- Whose visage would you put on it? Explain.
- What would you put on the flip side, and why?
- What Latin slogans should it be decorated with? Get on Google translator and suggest some good ones. My personal favorite is “ILLA SERVIT, ILLE REGIT” (She serves, He rules) but I’m sure there are some other goods ones.
- Finally, what could you NOT buy with Virginia’s new currency?
Because, after all, this Del. “Taliban Bob” Marshall we’re talking about. It’s a stretch to believe he would suggest anything that’s “legal tender, for ALL debts, public and private.” Certainly he will be tempted to proscribe a few.
Put your answers in the comments below, and have fun, folks!