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Reagan on money

As expected, a number of people have floated the idea of putting Reagan's visage on a coin or bill. I suppose the reflexive liberal opposition to the idea was equally predictable.

For the most part, opponents of the idea hid behind tradition. They claimed the idea was okay in principle, but that it would be wrong, for example, to remove FDR from the dime, or Washington from the quarter, even though he also has the one dollar bill. The problem is if you want to put somebody on a coin these days, you either have to come up with a new coin or bump somebody. Is their position that once someone appears on a coin or a bill, they should stay there in perpetuity, never to be removed? After all, it's been done. Kennedy bumped Benjamin Franklin. Was that justifiable? Maybe Reagan could have the half dollar? That Indian babe bumped President Eisenhower. Did anyone complain about that?

I think their cover finally gets blown when they adamantly oppose replacing Alexander Hamilton on the ten. Hamilton founded the New York Post, for God's sake. That should be reason enough for the liberals to want him gone right there. He died in a duel, and before you object that such behavior was sanctioned at that time, remember that it was illegal in New York (then the capitol) and Hamilton and Burr crossed the Hudson to duel in Hoboken, where I now type these words. And does the fact that he practically "invented" banking really speak in his favor? Those guys are charging a buck for blank deposit slips, for God's sake!

I'd ask the liberals to quit hiding behind tradition and be honest. They don't want Reagan on money, and that's it.