Once again, Americans prove to be remarkably conservative with their money – at least, with the issue of who and what is on their money. A proposal to take Ulysses S. Grant off the $50 bill and replace him with Ronald Reagan is almost universally thought of as a bad idea, according to a recent Marist poll. Even Republicans were 71% against the idea. Was this seriously on someone’s agenda somewhere?
Now, I could file this under “Really Bad Ideas,” but a proposal to change the face of the fifty from Grant to Reagan lacks the Wile E. Coyote-like, inherently destructive and easily-predictable but counter-productive qualitative results for which I reserve that tag’s use. So instead, I’ll just call this “Unimportant but Mildly Amusing.”
Amusingly, I have it on good authority that the Ronald Reagan State Office Building is lovingly called the “Reagan SOB” by a good number of the civil servants who work there. I’m overall a fan of President Reagan, but I can see why people would critique him. And just because we’re now a generation removed from his Presidency and can start to look back on it with some historical perspective doesn’t mean he gets to be on the money. Frankly, I think it’s too soon to have Eisenhower (“silver” dollar coin) or Kennedy (half dollar coin) on any money and even FDR on the dime is pushing it.
And here’s your trivia — without looking it up, who are the only two non-Presidents to appear on paper money that is currently recognized as legal tender in the United States? One should be easy to name, the other a little bit less so. It’s easy to find that with a search engine, so you’re on the honor system as to looking it up.
Hat tip to Ezra at Popehat.