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Cryptocurrency is a newer form of currency exchange that should not go unexplored. However, we must ensure proper consumer protections, make sure companies are adequately capitalized so they don't collapse and ensure adequate security. 

In order to understand cryptocurrency and how much we need it, we must first understand a brief history of trade and money. Before money people simply exchanged and traded goods and services. In short, it became difficult to keep track of agreements and who was paid and what was owed. It was then that IOUs were created along with small representations of debt that came in various forms (ex. salt, wheat, shells). These various forms lacked intrinsic value so the world’s leaders eventually replaced them with metal. However, metal coins obviously became too heavy to carry around, especially for the rich who often had plenty. It was then that paper money was created and traded for the coins it represented. The problem was that paper money could be too easily copied and reproduced. 

This is when traders and lenders began linking the value of paper money (a.k.a, bank notes) with gold. This created a special standard between currencies: the gold standard. The gold standard continued for centuries, but the need for flexible exchange rates prevailed. Since the 1970’s the world has ceased trying to keep the gold standard. So, the only thing that now distinguishes bank notes from any other type of paper is faith. That’s right. Faith that the bank note is actually worth what it says. Before we trusted in some thing (salt, wheat, shells), now we trust in someone, which is probably worse. There is no actual commodity in paper money. 

This is where cryptocurrency comes in. It’s simply a newer, more secure form of exchange. Consider that a very small fraction of paper money and coins are used in any transaction. Credit cards and electronic banking have replaced physical money. And let’s face it, cryptocurrency is digital, making it safer, harder to forge, durable, divisible, and supply will never be an issue. Digital currency is undoubtedly the way of the future. The next stage is obtaining government clearance and security for this new form of currency. 

My opponent, U.S. Senator Todd Young, is a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Along with other senators, Mr. Young introduced the Blockchain Promotion Act of 2019, which fails at everything except to create a definition. 

We need more than just a definition and other empty proposals, as the rest of the world is quickly moving forward on blockchain technology. I promise to introduce cryptocurrency and blockchain legislation that goes beyond forming a single definition, but legislation which: 

  • Moves the country forward toward a modern digital currency which capitalizes on blockchain technology by first acknowledging that bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrency are acceptable new forms of currency exchange  

  • Allows for the decentralization of currency while requiring more transparent ledgers

  • Works with potential banks and crypto providers to ensure proper consumer protection, enough capital to avoid collapse, and greater security 

While Bitcoin, and other forms of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology may not be direct forms of investment in foreign trade, in the words of my opponent: “Being in the forefront of this revolutionary technology will not only provide humanitarian and social support in developing countries, but financial and economic benefits at home.”

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