Tuesday, June 08, 2004

The Gipper On A Greenback

So apparently the conservatives want to supplant Alexander Hamilton and put Reagan on the $10 bill. I think this is a monumentally bad idea.

First, I am no great fan of Alexander Hamilton (in fact some of what I have read about him suggests he was fairly fanatic about some things), but he was a visionary when it comes to economics, and deserves the honor of remaining on our currency.

Second, Reagan was not an attractive man (not that Hamilton necessarily was), and I don't want to be looking at the face of a man who was a movie star with a primate every time I buy a pack of gum.

Third, give the idea a little time. The man just died on Saturday... maybe you want to let the idea sit for, I don't know, A WHOLE WEEK before radically changing the appearance of our currency.

If you still feel that Reagan should be on our money, put him on one of the really big denominations that nobody uses anyway. Go back to printing the $500 or the $1000 again and stick the Gipper on there. Or create a crazy denomination, like the $478.26 bill, so Reagan doesn't have to go where some old dude has been before. That way Reagan's awesome economic power can trickle down to the lesser denominations, benefiting even the lowly Abraham Lincolns and George Washingtons of the currency wielding world.

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