Idaho Lawmakers Should Consider Legislative Action to Protect Bitcoin
Control over how money is created, spent, and distributed is at the crux of the Left’s legal and cultural takeover of the United States. With the free market circumventing this tyrannical control through the adoption of Bitcoin, Idaho lawmakers should consider legislative action to protect this innovation in financial freedom.
Policies to Bolster Financial Privacy and Freedom
- Bolster financial privacy
- Stop special taxes for bitcoin mining
- Provide a legal right to mine bitcoin
- Bar special taxes on spending bitcoin
Legislators who enact these policies would allow Idaho businesses and consumers to innovate beyond the limits of the dollar and pursue their own prosperity outside of the centrally planned economy.
Bitcoin: Money, Not a Traditional Investment
Remember that Bitcoin is designed to be money, not a traditional investment. It is an escape from the ails of the current financial system, rejecting government-based paper money for a private, free-market solution.
The Benefits of Bitcoin
- Accessible, robust, and trust-less exchange of value
- Disincentivizes corruption and promotes integrity
- Allows you to keep your assets without having to trust a bank or the government
- Wards off inflation with a hard stop on the supply of currency
Bitcoin benefits everyone who uses it by creating an accessible, robust, and trust-less exchange of value. This is juxtaposed by the current financial system where the government benefits most.
The Flaws of the Current Financial System
Inflation is a good example of this top-first system. Federal bureaucrats control the money supply and can redistribute your wealth through using inflation as an invisible tax. Printed and borrowed dollars prop up the welfare state and, in turn, drive even more inflation. On average, your dollar only covers 82% of what it did just before the start of the pandemic. If we are discussing gas, groceries, and your electric bill, this percentage would be even smaller.
Those operating the system do not appear concerned whatsoever by its instability — even publicly claiming there is an “infinite” amount of money in the Federal Reserve. Thus, if the government deems it has bigger spending priorities than you do, no new taxes will be required. Instead, all that is needed is to print and borrow new money to subsidize COVID-19 vaccine development, a war in Ukraine, and runaway medical welfare programs. At this rate, the Congressional Budget Office projects that the federal debt held by the public will be 118% of GDP by 2033.
The Threat of Central Bank Digital Currency
The federal government is also seeking to expand its control and oversight of Americans’ financial business by implementing a central bank digital currency. Under this program, the federal government could monitor and control the financial transactions of all Americans. It would even automatically distribute welfare payments and collect taxes.
These policies should give all Americans pause. Some states are fighting back by allowing the free market to innovate with bitcoin and move to a truly free market economy.
Examples of Bitcoin-Friendly Legislation
Montana passed legislation just this year that makes bitcoin functionally legal tender. Not only does it bar state and local governments from creating special taxes for bitcoin mining and spending, but it also provides a clear legal right to participate in the system and restricts local governments from passing laws that would unduly inhibit mining.
Being that bitcoin is exchanged on a public ledger, there are also some concerns about financial privacy. There are, however, private sector solutions that provide some privacy protections for bitcoin transactions. In the realm of public policy, Arkansas passed legislation that limits the government’s ability to track financial transactions through digital currencies. Idaho lawmakers should adopt and expand on this law to provide even greater protections for residents.
The Market Continues to Grow
These protections reduce the regulatory barriers that could stunt businesses’ innovation with Bitcoin. Idahoans do not need to wait until the government passes such legislation, however. Despite the hurdles, the market is continuing to grow, with more businesses departing from the traditional, dollar-only market.
Bitcoin as an Emergency Exit
Idaho has developed a reputation as a sanctuary for those wishing to escape destructive government overreach. But it may all be for naught if we cannot escape failing federal fiscal policies. Bitcoin could offer Idahoans the emergency exit needed from the inflationary and regulatory scheme. It is up to Idahoans to defend their right to prosperity through restoring sound monetary policy.