Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Gee-I-Think-You're-Swelleanor

The plan is to replace Hamilton on the ten-dollar bill.  Forget that he was a Founder who helped set up our economic system, he's got the wrong genitalia and must go.

So the Treasury is casting about for a woman to put on the bill.  And the leading name in the latest poll, with 27%, is Eleanor Roosevelt.  Really? I think we can do better than that.  The main thing she did, after all, was marry a guy.

Second place is Harriet Tubman with 17%. Not a bad choice.  She's no Hamilton, but she did something great against tough odds.

Third is Sacagawea with 13%. This is just stupid.  She's already on our money, let's find someone new.

Next is Susan B. Anthony, with 11%.  See Sacagawea.

Fifth place is Sandra Day O'Connor with 4%.  As the first female Supreme Court Justice, this is the best suggestion yet.  The strongest argument against her is she's still alive, and maybe we should only honor those who have left us. On the other hand, she can show up at the launching ceremony.  And it would be neat to get footage of her spending herself.

There are other names we might consider, but maybe we should wait a couple years so we can choose the newly-elected President Clinton.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Denver Guy said...

O'Connor's numbers will increase if she dies before the decision is made. Other countries put non-politicians on their money - artists, engineers, scientists.

But I just got back from a vacation in China. Every denomination of paper currency has Mao on it, and in fact the same picture of Mao looking in the same direction (left). And no, I don't think they just shrunk the picture 2%.

If we are looking at first ladies, how about Dolly Madison (recognizeable for her contribution of sweet, artificially flavored cakes)? Personally, I would go with Abigail Adams. But to really reflect America in all its glory, shouldn't it be Marilyn Monroe?

8:58 AM, August 12, 2015  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ayn Rand. She loved America and worshipped the dollar. Even her name is a unit of money.

9:39 AM, August 12, 2015  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jane Fonda but to appease the critics- it should be in her Barbarella outfit

1:27 PM, August 13, 2015  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shouldn't that be President Elizabeth Warren?

1:02 PM, August 18, 2015  

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