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Thursday, June 10, 2004

Brother, Can You Spare Ten Bucks?

Photo credit: AP

They're just not giving up in their attempts to canonise Ronald Reagan are they? The above photo is a concept of what the U.S. ten-dollar bill might look like if certain partisa...sorry...parties get their way:
Ardent admirers of Ronald Reagan intend to seize on the former president’s death as their chance to memorialize him on the $10 bill.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the assistant majority leader, has said he wants to take the lead on the necessary legislation to displace the image of Alexander Hamilton, first secretary of the Treasury.
This isn't the first attempt to "immortalise" Reagan on U.S. currency; there was last year's attempt to replace FDR's image on the dime, which didn't go over too well. There have been other proposals past and present: at least 30 pieces of legislation introduced (since 1990) to rename freeways and public buildings in his honour as well as creating a "Reagan Memorial" near the National Mall. There have even been several grassroots proposals to put his smiling visage on Mount Rushmore. Much of this (including the "Reagan dime" proposal) has been fueled by The Reagan Legacy Project, which wants to name "at least one notable public landmark in each state and all 3067 counties after the 40th president."

As long as the more grandiose ambitions ("All hail the United States of Reagania!") of the Reaganauts can be curbed, I guess they're entitled to have their fun. Having Ronzo's face on the tenner is a minor annoyance because a $10 bill, unlike Mount Rushmore, can be folded up and hidden away.

Link to The Reagan Legacy Project.