The price of gold fluctuates a lot too. I think we should tie the economy to something that hardly varies in price at all: the double cheeseburger from McDonalds.
From the heights our economy reached in the 1990's, through the collapse of 2008 one thing has remained constant. A double cheeseburger at McDonalds costs 1$. It may cost you three times as much to drive there now, but for 1$ you can still get two mystery meat patties, some plastic cheese, onions, pickles, ketchup, mustard and a greasy ass bun for the same price now as you did 20 years ago. You can't beat that kind of stability. The double cheeseburger even adjusts for inflation. You used to get two pieces of plastic cheese with a double cheeseburger, now you only get one. If the dollar gets stronger you'll get another piece of cheese. If it loses value, then you lose a pickle.
Face it America, we're fat. This strangely sort of fits (even if our jeans don't). Most of you are probably thinking about McDonalds right now. Let's not lie to ourselves, let's own that shit. This Friday night I'm going to make it rain (sorta) beef patties all night long.
Sure it sounds ridiculous, but so is tying the future of our economy to a completely useless metal that is only worth anything because it's shiny.