GOP Rep Wants Reagan’s Face on the $50 Bill
March 3, 2010
(ChattahBox)—A Republican congressman introduced legislation to replace Ulysses S. Grant’s image on the $50 bill with the right-wing’s hero; the late President Ronald Reagan. Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (R-NC) believes that Reagan deserves to be honored on our currency, like other notable figures, such as President Roosevelt and President Kennedy. But Democrats who view Reagan as divisive and historians who champion Ulysses S. Grant’s place in our Republic, oppose placing Reagan’s likeness on U.S. currency.
Rep. McHenry, in defense of his proposal, says that Reagan transformed the nation:
“President Reagan is indisputably one of the most transformative presidents of the 20th century,” McHenry said in a letter. “Like President Roosevelt on the dime and President Kennedy on the half dollar, President Reagan deserves a place of honor on our nation’s currency.”
But Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) of the House Financial Services Committee, is against the idea. “Our currency ought to be something that unites us,” said Sherman.
This is not the first time Republican worshipers of Reagan tried to place his image on the nation’s currency. According to the LA Times, previous efforts have failed:
“An earlier proposal to put Reagan on the dime in place of President Franklin D. Roosevelt drew objections from Democrats, for whom Roosevelt is as much of a hero as Reagan is for Republicans. An effort to put Reagan on the $20 bill in place of Andrew Jackson drew opposition from Tennessee lawmakers. A 2005 move to put Reagan on the $50 bill never made it out of the House Financial Services Committee, even though Republicans controlled the chamber at the time.”
This latest attempt is also expected to fail, but Republican admirers of Ronald Reagan can take comfort in his numerous other honors, such as having an airport, freeway and federal building named after the “Gipper.”