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  • FriendlyGoat

    There is always the possibility that money can be printed without any picture of any person on it.

    • Josephbleau

      I agree completely, these kind of arguments are why we can’t have nice things.

      • fastrackn1

        We don’t have nice things because we have been arguing over the years?
        Debate is far better than being PC about it and not offending anyone. Besides, no matter what we put on our currency, someone will be offended, and there will still be a debate.

        I always thought that debate is a predominant reason why we have what we have….

    • fastrackn1

      Why?

      Currencies all over the world, including ours, have always had historical figures on them. Why stop it now?

      • FriendlyGoat

        We don’t have to stop and probably won’t. I was just sayin’ we wouldn’t HAVE to choose a few people from dozens or hundreds who are noteworthy.

  • f1b0nacc1

    Actually I like the idea of Susan B Anthony on a revised $20 bill, but that is just my own taste. I agree that Hamilton’s place on the $10 shouldn’t be touched, but if I had to knock someone’s portrait off the money, the choice would be Jackson…an overrated general, a poor president at best, and a generally unpleasant individual. Grant was an excellent general (with flaws, but all have them), and a seriously underrated president. As a side note, his memoirs are perhaps the best presidential memoirs I have ever seen…I urge anyone with any interest in the era in which he was live (not only as president, but as a general and as a private citizen) to come to grips with them.
    Finally, perhaps we should consider removing MOST of the politicians from the money (Lincoln and Washington excepted, they represent what I think of as special cases) and look into other great men/women….how about Norman Borlaug for starters?…for enshrinement?

  • fastrackn1

    Since when has allowing women the right to vote been a good thing?
    It has just given us ever increasing liberalism in our society…along with a lot of the coddling and enabling government and societal systems that many on here (including myself) are complaining about….

  • tarentius

    First of all, Alexander Hamilton is memorialized with a statue in front of the Treasury Building.
    Only a career State Department Bureaucrat would diminish US Grant because he “was a great general but not the greatest general in American history.” Does Washington stand higher? Lee? Winfield Scott? Dwight Eisenhower? MacArthur? Grant stands with Washington and above Lee, Scott, Eisenhower, and MacArthur. Further Grant was a very good President whose place in American history was deliberately diminished by racist American historians at the beginning of the 20th century because of his stance on race and their desire to support segregation and apologize for racism. Remember Woodrow Wilson anyone? Grant was one of the few Presidents who left office just as popular with the American people as when he entered eight years prior. He certainly was a better general and President than the racist Andrew Jackson. Ah, but Jackson is a Democrat and Grant a republican. Hmmm.
    To remove him from the US currency instead of Alexander Hamilton is as daft an idea as Mr. Mead has ever come up with.

    • rheddles

      I don’t recall Grant telling the SCOTUS to enforce their own decisions regarding his ethnic cleansing.

      • tarentius

        Drivel. Identify specific instances when US Grant was involved in “ethnic cleansing.”

        • rheddles

          I was referring to the Cherokee Indians case, Worcester v. Georgia (1832). CJ
          Marshall infuriated Jackson by insisting that Georgia laws that
          purported to seize Cherokee lands on which gold had been found violated
          federal treaties. Jackson is famous for having responded: “John Marshall
          has made his decision, now let him enforce it.” Although the comment is
          probably apocryphal, both Georgia and Jackson simply ignored the
          decision.

  • gabrielsyme

    How bloody difficult is is to move the twenty-dollar bill to the front of the queue for a redesign? It’s almost as if bureaucracies are incompetent and asinine.

    • Pete

      “It’s almost as if bureaucracies are incompetent and asinine.”

      Aren’t they?

  • Pete

    The way the Fed is debasing the currency, here’s a good line up:

    $1 bill Goofy
    $5 bill Daffy Duck
    $10 bill Mickey Mouse
    $20 bill Donald Duck (for the women)
    $50 bill Popeye
    $100 bill Olive Oil (one for the woman)

    • fastrackn1

      Heck, it would even be worth creating new denominations if we went that route!

      I think Jimmy Carter would be a better fit than Popeye on the $50 bill though….

  • Boritz

    Manage it like postage stamps: young Elvis, Las Vegas Elvis, wood ducks, etc.

  • kohlhaas@earthlink.net

    Bring back the $1000 bill and put Miss Liberty on it. The one-ounce silver coin is gorgeous.

  • http://web.me.com/kakitadoug/geekblog/Blog/Blog.html DougS

    Is it just me, or are we in practical terms reducing the number of denominations in common use? This post mentions the $10 and the $50, but I don’t see them in circulation much anymore. I can’t remember the last time I paid for something, pr saw someone else pay for something, with a $50 bill. The $100, I rarely see outside of a casino cashier’s cage. If you get change out of a machine that dispenses cash, you’ll get 2 $5s instead of a $10.

    In a way, we’re really down to Washington, Lincoln and Jackson anyway, with an occasional Franklin tossed around by someone who just got lucky in Vegas.

    • CapitalHawk

      It must be where you live or where you bank (or maybe its where I live or where I bank), but my ATM gives me $50s every chance it gets.

  • CapitalHawk

    Well, if we’re going to put a woman on money (to make women happy), can’t we at least put a woman on the bill that will also make men happy? I nominate Jessica Alba. In a bikini. And with additional stuff like “tactile features”.

  • Anthony

    Steve Rattner, a very knowledgeable person, says that we should keep Hamilton and replace Jackson. Jackson hated paper money. That alone should disqualify him. If people want a monument to Jackson, they should put up a statue in front of the Pentagon. Jacksonian thinking is stronger in military matters than it is in economics.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/21/opinion/steven-rattner-leave-hamilton-alone.html?ref=opinion

    “Contrast that record with Jackson’s. For starters, the rough-hewed seventh
    president hated paper money. (The reason Jackson was selected in 1928 to
    replace Grover Cleveland on the $20 bill has been lost to history.)
    Moreover, Jackson delivered on populist campaign promises to abolish the
    second Bank of the United States, which had been formed after the
    Senate allowed the first bank’s charter to expire.”

    “The lack of even a primitive central bank played a significant role in the
    Panic of 1837, a brutal financial downturn, as well as in the frequently
    ensuing bouts of economic instability that persisted until after the
    Federal Reserve was established in 1913.”

  • Anthony

    FG has it about right!

  • lukelea

    As for who the woman should be, I nominate not Susan B. Anthony but Frqncis Perkins: http://goo.gl/9vVNSi At Columbia University’s Oral History project she tells her life story, which, I would hazard, is without equal as an oral history: http://goo.gl/ctVkWP

  • stevewfromford

    I nominate Hester Prin who would, of course, be modeled by Demi Moore. A morality lesson in every transaction!

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