A few months after hinting that Miami residents could soon be able to pay their taxes with bitcoin, the city’s mayor – Francis Suarez – said the process has begun as his team will issue the request in October.
Separately, Suarez also touched upon the most recent actions undertaken by the Chinese government, adding that the US could take advantage of this “huge mistake.”
Miami Citizens to Pay Taxes in BTC?
Being a BTC and ETH holder for a while, Francis Suarez has become one of the most popular political names in the cryptocurrency community in the past year or so. His significantly more open stance in regards to the industry resulted in holding the largest Bitcoin conference in his city earlier this year.
Appearing on Anthony Pompliano’s Best Business Show, Suarez received a question about his previous comment where he suggested that government and municipal workers can be paid in bitcoin in addition to Miami citizens paying their taxes in BTC.
The mayor said the process has started, but as with everything with such substantial implications, it could go on for a while. Nevertheless, he believes governments should receive proper education about BTC as they should not be hostile to it, which is what his team is trying to accomplish.
“We are now about to issue in October what’s called ‘the request for proposal’ – that’s the way we have to select vendors – and we will have a vendor that will allow us to pay our employees in bitcoin and allow us to accept bitcoin for fees.”
Suarez added that they have a county commissioner currently exploring a way how taxes can also be paid in BTC. As such, he raised hopes that these endeavors should be approved by late October.
“We want to do it with bitcoin because it’s what we know and what we trust. We think it’s the most verifiable and most trustworthy network out there.”
China Made a Huge Mistake
Suarez joined MicroStrategy’s CEO – Michael Saylor – asserting that China has made a “huge mistake” by outsing cryptocurrency miners out of its borders. As previously reported, the world’s most populated nation has gone hard after the industry by banning mining, trading, and everything in between.
He believes the US has the potential to take full advantage of this by attracting more miners. Suarez categorized China’s actions as “giving a gift” to the US.
This will enable the States to provide more jobs, which the country previously lost to China due to “slave labor.”
Miami has been among the several US cities to urge miners to relocate there with cheap nuclear energy.
Elon Musk-Posted Bitcoin $69,000 Meme Sold for $28,000 in WETH by Author
Here’s the story of the Bitcoin and Ethereum meme posted by Elon Musk this week, which then sold for 5 WETH and is now relisted for 69.42 WETH
On October 21, Tesla CEO and eccentric billionaire Elon Musk posted a meme depicting a couple lying on a sofa and watching Bitcoin and Ethereum price on the wall monitor, which showed $69,00 for Bitcoin and $4,200 for Ethereum.
Even though, he did not mention the author, she was still happy about Musk’s attention to her “Love in The Time of Web3” meme and in two days sold it for 5 wrapped Ethereum. That’s around $19,800, according to CNBC.
Now the meme is relisted for almost 70 WETH.
Elon Musk is “the ultimate meme lord”
The person who created the meme is a self-proclaimed “hobby artist”, 28-year-old Eva Beylin. When she learned that Musk posted her meme, she told CNBC she was over the moon, adding:
“The ultimate prize of memeology is for the ultimate meme lord to use your meme”
Beylin is keen on Web3, which includes decentralized Internet apps, blockchain and things like NFTs.
The meme sold two days later, Beylin is not initial author of it
“Love in The Time of Web3” was auctioned as an NFT on Zora platform on the night Musk tweet it and two days later the non-fungible token was sold for 5 wrapped ETH (around $19,800).
Still, Beylin is not the initial author. She picked the picture of another Twitter user – @shegenerates – who posted it as a joke. To compensate them, Beylin offered them 20 percent from the NFT sale.
The aforementioned Twitter user did not mind and she told CNBC so.
Now, Beylin plans to reinvest her proceeds from the sale into NFTs of other artists. Meanwhile, the person who bought the meme posted by Musk, has relisted it for 69.42 wrapped ETH.
They promised Beylin 15 percent of the price the meme will be sold for.
El Salvador President Looking to Buy the Bitcoin Dip, But Wants a Better Discount
Bitcoin ($BTC) price recorded a minor correction over the past 24-hours, falling to a daily low of $60,122. The retrace comes just days after $BTC posted a new ATH of $66,973 on Wednesday. The price correction is now being seen as an opportunity by many to stack more $BTC.
Nayib Bukele, the president of El Salvador, the world’s first country with Bitcoin as its legal tender is also among many who wants to buy the Bitcoin dip. However, he thinks the correction is too small and might need a better discount to make the purchase.
Bukele’s interest in Bitcoin has been known the world over as he is seen as the main architect behind El Salvador’s BTC adoption. The small central American nation started buying $BTC right after it was formally inducted in September this year. They made a total of 700 BTC purchases throughout September when the top cryptocurrency was trading under $45K. At the time Bukele was criticized as their purchase value was on the decline.
As $BTC touched new ATH, El Salvador’s Bitcoin holding got into millions of profit which is now being used for building hospitals and other national projects. He also shared a photo of himself sitting on the throne depicting him as the king after BTC ATH.
El Salvador is Reaping the Benefits of Bitcoin Adoption Already
International media continues to show El Salvador’s BTC adoption in a bad light, focusing more on the protests and less on the benefits that Bitcoin adoption has given to the country. The national Chivo wallet is already being used by two-thirds of Salvadorans while the Bitcoin ATMs have been a great success too receiving millions in daily remittance.
El Salvador has also invested in clean Bitcoin mining using abundant geothermal energy available in the country. The country has already set up the infrastructure and has mined its first Bitcoin as well, thus the adoption has proven to be a great win for the financially challenged nation, despite skepticism from all around.
One Ethereum Competitor Is Showing Strength As Bitcoin Loses Ground, According to Crypto Trader Benjamin Cowen
Crypto analyst Benjamin Cowen says an Ethereum rival is showing strength as Bitcoin pulls back from its all-time high.
Cowen tells his 576,000 YouTube subscribers that AVAX, the native token for the smart contract platform Avalanche, is “weathering the storm relatively well.”ADVERTISEMENT
The 12th-ranked asset by market cap is trading at $68.28 at time of writing, up over 5% in the past 24 hours and more than 20% in the past week, according to CoinGecko.
Cowen notes that AVAX is trading well above both its 20-week simple moving average (SMA) and 21-week exponential moving average (EMA). Taken together, the two metrics are what Cowen refers to as the “bull market support band.”
“We also have some wiggle room in the sense that we are above the bull market support band of the AVAX/USD valuation. The 20-week SMA is at $35.85 and the 21-week EMA is at $43.47. What that tells you is that Avalanche has been performing pretty well for the last several weeks.
A lot of coins are right above their bull market support band, and they haven’t been performing as well recently. A lot of these things can have some type of seasonality as the money ball just jumps around from project to project, and right now, clearly, AVAX is showing a decent amount of strength.”
Cowen doesn’t predict that AVAX will have a strong move against Bitcoin “in the next month or so,” but he does say that Avalanche can increase in value in terms of its relationship to the US dollar in the short term.