Ron Paul may not be ahead in the polls, but he’s probably the only presidential candidate who already has his face on a coin. The feds have seized a cache of gold, silver and copper “liberty dollars” bearing Paul’s visage. Other than a mutual distaste for the Federal Reserve, the Republican candidate has no relationship with the makers of the coins.
The news that the Treasury will once again sheepishly release a small batch of dollar coins raises the question: Why are Americans so hung up on paper money when countries like Britain and Canada have enjoyed the benefits of coinage for years? Don’t scoff—the Government Accountability Office estimates potential savings at $500 to $747.5 million annually.
The Defense Department says it has learned of a plot to spy on U.S. contractors with classified security clearances traveling through Canada. Though it released few other details, the U.S. Defense Security Service says it found tiny transmitters hidden in Canadian coins.