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A congressman from North Carolina is proposing that President Ronald Reagan be placed on the fifty dollar bill.  Rep. Patrick McHenry contends that we need heroes for today:

“Every generation needs its own heroes,” McHenry also said. “One decade into the 21st century, it’s time to honor the last great president of the 20th and give President Reagan a place beside Presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy.”

McHenry states that Reagan is more deserving in that a recent WSJ poll of historians ranks Reagan 6th and Grant 29th most effective presidents.  He further argues that:

“President Reagan was a modern day statesman, whose presidency transformed our nation’s political and economic thinking,” McHenry said in a statement. “Through both his domestic and international policies he renewed America’s self confidence, defeated the Soviets and taught us that each generation must provide opportunity for the next.”

I certainly agree.  Reagan is much less controversial than Grant, who was the winning Union general and President who presided over a scandal-ridden administration.  One Democrat from California cited the war as a reason for keeping Grant on the money:

“History has made its verdict,” Rep. Brad Sherman of California told CNN. “Reagan’s policies are controversial. Grant was in favor of winning the Civil War and keeping the Union together. The currency is not a place to score cheap political points.”

Reagan’s policies might be controversial but the results are clear:  Communism no longer is a viable ideology nor a threat to the United States.  The architect of the Civil War policy (for good or bad) is on the $5 – Abraham Lincoln.  Time to switch out Grant for Reagan.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

3 Responses to “REAGAN ON THE FIFTY? YES!”

  1. Freddie says:

    I would prefer putting RWR on the dime. That way he would bump FDR.

  2. Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

    First, thanks to Freddie for coming. I agree and think that there was unseemly haste for FDR on the dime (he died in 1945 and FDR dimes were started in 1946) but he is fairly safe there.


  3. Venu says:

    Is our money really that representative of political success or ideology? Let’s examine the people on our currency and WHY they are there.

    The Penny – Abraham Lincoln for winning the Civil War and preserving the Union

    The Nickel – Thomas Jefferson for founding a nation and helping break away from Great Britain

    The Dime – FDR, mostly for winning the largest war in human history

    The Quarter – George Washington for successfully winning the Revolution and creating a civil precedent for the office of the presidency.

    $ 1 – See Quarter

    $ 5 – See Penny

    $ 10 – Alexander Hamilton, as a founding father and for establishing the National Bank

    $ 20 – Andrew Jackson, for (as far as I can see) the War of 1812

    $ 50 – Grant for playing a MAJOR role in winning the biggest war to ever occur on the American mainland.

    $ 100 – Franklin for his Founding Father status.

    Almost all of these (with the exception of maybe Hamilton) were not bred from political achievements or an ideology we agree with, but of national achievements that strengthened the country. Reagan doesn’t really fit into that mold. What did he do? He levied massive tax-cuts. But that’s more ideological, and you could argue that they simply led to a massive deficit that led to the Bush Tax Hikes in the 90’s. He “won” the Cold War. But, that’s not really true as Reagan didn’t really do much to accelerate the Soviet Union’s demise. The Soviet Economy was in shambles, and Gorbachev’s Democratic reforms essentially eliminate the only thing holding the various ethnic communities that despised each other together (totalitarianism).

    Reagan was a so-so President (I can names plenty of better ones, but I’ll agree he was clearly the most likable President), and doesn’t really fit the mold or the unwritten qualifications we’ve given for figures on money.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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