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South Carolina lawmaker asks if state should print its own money

Posted by Jack Pickell  February 14, 2011 01:58 PM

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States are always looking for ways to generate new money -- but one South Carolina lawmaker has offered an interesting twist to the efforts.

State Senator Lee Bright recently introduced a bill to study "whether this State should adopt a currency to serve as an alternative to the currency distributed by the Federal Reserve System in the event of a major breakdown of the Federal Reserve System."

In other words, Bright is asking for a study to determine if South Carolina should print its own money.

Bright's proposal says the study is necessary because "many widely recognized experts predict the inevitable destruction of the Federal Reserve System's currency through hyperinflation in the foreseeable future."

The bill may sound radical, but Bright is hardly alone in his thinking. A Virginia delegate offered a similar plan in January.

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