Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute
October 20, 2011
“Federal Reserve Notes” are described as “legal tender.” This means that the government requires people to accept them in exchange for goods and services, as well as to pay debts.
However, the same government that requires people to use that currency treats large cash transactions as evidence of criminal activity, and even claims the right to “forfeit” — that is, to steal — large amounts of cash when discovered in the course of a traffic stop, on the pretext that such accumulations of currency are connected to the drug trade.
The government afflicting the State of Louisiana is expanding this war on cash by enacting a measure forbidding many kinds of small cash transactions.
House bill 195 prohibits the use of cash in buying or selling second hand goods. According to State representative Rickey Hardy, who co-sponsored the bill, it is intended to target thieves by creating a paper trail that police can follow. This will require the use of cashier’s checks or debit cards, a procedure that will impose processing fees and other expenses on small, down-market retailers who have tiny profit margins.
More importantly, it will make criminals out of harmless, law-abiding people.
Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.