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Eye Opener: Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill?

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

Updated 6:57 a.m. ET
Happy Wednesday! The Gipper soon may be coming to a wallet near you, if a Republican lawmaker has his way.

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) on Tuesday proposed putting the nation's 40th president on the greenbacks, arguing he deserves the monetary honor.

“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 said in a statement. (Franklin D. Roosevelt appears on the dime and John F. Kennedy is on the half-dollar.)

Republican lawmakers tried and failed following Reagan's death to pass several tributes to him -- everything from Mount Rushmore to money. Some tried to get him on the $20 bill, but Tennessee lawmakers blocked the move to keep native son Andrew Jackson on the greenback.

McHenry said Reagan should replace Ulysses S. Grant on the $50 bill because the former California governor regularly outranks the former Union Army general on surveys of the best American presidents. (C-SPAN placed Reagan 10th and Grant 23rd; while Reagan ranked in the top ten on a British survey and Grant was once named the 7th worst president.)

One of Grant's biggest supporters wholeheartedly disputes McHenry's conclusions.

"I do think that Patrick McHenry is an absolute idiot and a moron for saying Grant is number 29 on the list of best presidents," said Keya Morgan, founder and author of the Grant Homepage, the largest collection of Grant material in the world.

"First of all, Grant saved the Union," Morgan said in a breathless voicemail to The Eye. "We would have no United States if we had no Grant."

Among other things, Grant also signed the 15th Amendment (a measure that Morgan said made Barack Obama's presidency possible) and he signed the law that made Christmas a national holiday.

At least one Democrat, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), opposes McHenry's bill, saying he's not willing to drop Grant in favor of "someone whose policies are still controversial." (Sherman sits on the House Financial Services Committee, which would have to approve the bill.)

If Congress passes the bill, the Treasury Department and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing will sort out the details and pick a final design.

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New formula to give fresh look at U.S. poverty: Under a "Supplemental Poverty Measure," the government is augmenting, but not replacing, the formula that determines how many people are considered to be in poverty, taking into account a wider range of expenses and income.

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Obama proposes rebates for energy-saving home improvements: Speaking before a small audience at a technical college, he pointed to the program as evidence of his administration's commitment to job creation.

EPA makes polluters pay less: The agency is riling many businesses with proposals to regulate greenhouse gases for the first time, but data suggest it has been slow out of the gate under President Barack Obama in enforcing existing regulations on traditional pollutants.

Scott Brown to join Senate homeland security, military committees: The Republican who campaigned on the idea of freezing federal worker salaries to control the deficit, may soon get to explore the topic further.

White House declassifies outline of cybersecurity program: Transparency is particularly vital in areas in which there have been legitimate questions about sensitive topics such as the intelligence community's role in cybersecurity, the White House cybersecurity czar said Tuesday.

In Utah, a move to seize federal land: The state House passes a bill allowing the use of eminent domain to take protected land from the federal government.

Some voice support for terrorism trials in New York: Though New York lawmakers have forced the attorney general to reconsider, lawyers and security experts on other high-profile cases think Sept. 11 proceedings can safely go forward.

U.S. Postal Service might end Saturday delivery to help close $238 billion gap: Although public polling suggests that a majority of Americans support cutting Saturday service to save money, lawmakers and union leaders signaled Tuesday that they will not rubber-stamp the move.

Smithsonian rejects O.J. Simpson's acquittal suit: Officials learned of the proposed donation in media reports Monday night. Museum curators met first thing Tuesday morning and quickly decided they wanted no part of it.

White House wary of growing military ties between Burma, N. Korea: Concerns about the relationship helped prompt the Obama administration last October to end the Bush-era policy of isolating the military junta, said a senior State Department official.

U.S. aid to Chile unlikely to reverse diplomatic woes: Latin American diplomats and private experts say that although Chileans will respond with gratitude, the larger region's strained ties with the Obama administration are unlikely to improve.

Congressman Issa vs. rogue airport security officers: The top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee complained that "innocent travelers" have been subjected "to baseless harassment, intimidation, and situations designed to instill fear and cause public humiliation."

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Neocon nuts need to keep their bloody hands off our money.

And if George W. Bush is proposed, I'm moving to Canada.

Posted by: bs2004 | March 3, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

Figure out the going rate for a cheap BJ these days and slap Clinton's face on that bill.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | March 3, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

Oh noooooooo! Isn't it bad enough that we're stuck with the Reagan Building, and National Airport re-named in the ultimate irony, given that Ronnie fired all the air traffic controllers? He may not be the worst president ever, but he comes awfully close.

Posted by: los22 | March 3, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Put Ron Jr. on the three-dollar bill and Ronnie Senior's picture on the Depends package.

Posted by: kinkysr | March 3, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Yes, definitely a woman. Long over due.

Posted by: reming | March 3, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

You cannot be serious. "The largest collection of Grant material in the world"????

It's a website with essays and links.

How about the Ulysses S. Grant Papers at the Library of Congress, which contains 50,000 items? And, it's just a few blocks from the WaPo building. Why not interview the person responsible for maintaining that collection?

How about interviewing a professional historian of Grant's life? John Simon edits the Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, which is the largest collection of Grant materials in print.

Brooks Simpson and Bill McFeely are both professional historians who specialize in Grant. Someone who maintains a website is not a content expert on Grant.

A bit of research before publishing would help give this article some legitimacy.

Posted by: andrewmcmichael | March 3, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Are they planning to put crossed M16s over side-by-side maps of Iran and Nicaragua on the obverse?

Posted by: washpost18 | March 3, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Kennedy's on a coin?! How about Hugh Hefner?

Posted by: crumppie | March 3, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

If Grant signed the 15th Amendment, it was as political show, because the President has no role in the constitutional amendment process. Both houses of congresses pass by 2/3 vote, then it goes to the states. President does nothing.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | March 3, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

To "andrewmcmichael", in case you did not know, Dr. Simon has been DEAD for over a year and Keya Morgan does have the largest Grant and Lincoln collection in the world as featured in over 200 books and documentaries. He is a Grant scholar and the source used for some of the information and material used by the late Dr. Simon (in the front page of several "Papers of Ulysses S. Grant" books).

Bill McFeely is brain dead and defamed Grant to begin with, so you obviously did not do your homework, but are quick to criticize the Washington Post.

Plus the facts are, Grant was a great general and president!

Posted by: GrantFan | March 3, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

"Neocon nuts need to keep their bloody hands off our money.
And if George W. Bush is proposed, I'm moving to Canada."-Posted by: bs2004

Can we help you pack?
BTW, the only people after your money nowadays are the Barack/Nancy/Harry triumvirate. Hardly NeoCons.

Posted by: OttoDog | March 3, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

For someone supposedly against big government and in favor of the private secetor, Reagan's name is certainly on a lot of government items. If he was against spending money (well, he did raise taxes, including in California while governor, and certainly wasn't against military spending), why put his picture on money? At least he did come up with imaginative ways to raise money (selling guns to the ayatollahs of Iran, which is something his fans seldom mention while they accuse Obama of being too soft on our enemies).

Posted by: Sutter | March 3, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Grant's administration was a model for today's "crony capitalism", as Andrew Jackson's was for political patronage.
Lincoln & Kennedy are most noted for the simple fact that they were assassinated.

Posted by: OttoDog | March 3, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Putting Reagan on a $50 bill would be rediculous. He is already on the million dollar bill, what more do you republicans want?

PS: I would suggest that Clinton was a better 20th century presidnet than Reagan, since Clinton managed to balance the budget and even build up a surplus while Reagan built up an enormous freaking deficit. Also, I think Reagan was basically a figurehead president (no brains) while Clinton is actually an intelligent guy

Posted by: jb777 | March 3, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Yogi Berra is much more deserving of being a face on a Federal Reserve Note than Ronald Reagan.

If Reagan's face does go on the $50 bill, his observation about his admistration's performance should also be included: "Mistakes were made."

I've got my Sharpie all ready to make sure that any Reagan face on a Federal Reserve Note is properly mustached.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 3, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

The Chinese are going to put Reagan on the 1000 yuan note, because he sent the US industrial base to them.

We need to save his image, here, so they can adorn eviction notices.

Posted by: lichtme | March 3, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan is no U.S. Grant.

Posted by: mjwies11 | March 3, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Come on, Pat -- you know it's got to be a $3 bill for Reagan!

Posted by: EdisonMcIntyre | March 3, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse


Garfield and McKinley are best known for being assassinated. I think Lincoln actually had a few accomplishments. In fact, I'm going to go out on a limb here and hypothesize that Lincoln is actually best known for guiding the country through the Civil War and saving the United States from dissolution. Perhaps you've heard about that?

Posted by: kmr76 | March 3, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Well... seeing as how he turned the fifty dollar bill into a twenty dollar value, I don't see how he could possibly create any more damage.

Posted by: bproulx45 | March 3, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan purposely ignored the beginnings of the HIV/AIDS epidemic thinking it only affected homosexuals. The opportunity to stem this horrific epidemic in the 1980's was lost due to his bigotry and ignorance. Today millions of people around the world are ill or dead. This man deserves no accolades whatsoever.

Posted by: org2 | March 3, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse


Some would argue that Lincoln precipitated the Civil War, and destroyed half of the country (and most of the Tenth Amendment) in the process of 'saving' it.
He barely won re-election in 1864, and was reviled by many Northerners for his draft policies and monetary fecklessness.
His canonisation was primarily a result of his assassination.
Reagan could just as easily be trumpeted as the president who won the Cold War as Lincoln is for winning the Civil War.

Posted by: OttoDog | March 3, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Didn't know Simon was dead. OK, go to the new head of the Grant papers. The point still stands. A collection of essays and books in not a collection of Grant materials. Its a collection of materials *about* Grant. If Morgan is the source of _some_ of the information (as you say) for the Grant Papers, why not go to the editors of the Grant Papers and talk to them? They're experts in all the minutiae of Grant.

The truth is, there are people out there who know far more about the scholarship about Grant, and who are professionals in the field.

It's lazy reporting. Next time, why not interview Bob Sacamano?

Posted by: andrewmcmichael | March 3, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

It would be expensive, but yes I would use a Reagan $50 for toilet paper.

Posted by: gtaylor1 | March 3, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

"It would be expensive, but yes I would use a Reagan $50 for toilet paper." Posted by: gtaylor1

More expensive for you than most, since the amount of paper required is usually proportionate to the size of the orifice in question.

Posted by: OttoDog | March 3, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Puh-lease. It's not enough that they tried to rename National Airport after Reagan? It's still "National", despite the signs.
That's it. That's all he gets.

Posted by: Rivery | March 3, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Note that Grant didn't need a ghostwriter to write his memoirs, which are supposed to be among the best presidential memoirs ever written.

Posted by: jaepstein63 | March 3, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Reagan didn't do our country much good, notwithstanding his high name recognition, but his borrow-and-spend formula became a cornerstone of modern Republican Party pandering. Since Reagan's greatest achievement in office was establishing $200,000,000,000 deficits as far as the eye can see, I propose leaving Grant on the $50 bill and putting Reagan on a new $200,000,000,000 denomination.

Posted by: pundito | March 3, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Most of the sentiments on the blog say all there is to say. But if it does happen, I'll stop using $50 bills or any other note or coin he's on.

Posted by: lidiworks1 | March 3, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Why don't we just put the big phoney on the new $1 Billion bill because, frankly, he was the one that got our nation addicted to the crack cocaine of deficit spending.

Don't believe me?

Just ask Dick Cheney.

Posted by: SwellLevel5 | March 3, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan is responsible for most of this country's current problems. Future historians will declare him a disaster.

Posted by: Desertstraw | March 3, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Wait, so Grant should be removed because he is only ranked 29th as President? Hamilton and Ben Franklin aren't Presidents at all -- why not remove them too and replace them with Zachary Taylor and Franklin Pierce? Grant isn't on the 50 because he was an outstanding President. It's because he saved the Union leading the North in the Civil War. Go stand in front of the Capitol some day -- there's a statue of Grant. He's not at a desk or giving a speech, he's on a horse.

Posted by: vvf2 | March 3, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

You mean the bill that was worth about $38 when he finally left office??? NO NO NO!
When does this inane posturing stop? How short is the collective memory? 'Mr Gorbachov- tear down that wall????? Big deal- the Russians were broke anyway. Reagen did nothing positive as President. Stop this silliness.

Posted by: bigE2 | March 3, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

He's already got National Airport. Why does the airport that represents a city with one of the largest African-American populations in the country and that has such an amazing history of diversity and civil rights named after some old, white guy from California who lived here for 8 years while he was president? With such a diverse history, we couldn't have our aiport named after someone who reflects the culture of Washington DC? Reagan was a RACIST!

Posted by: CAC2 | March 3, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Good grief. Look back and Reagan's approval ratings. They were moderate to low until he got Alzheimer's and later died. Then people decided they always loved him and should name *everything* after him.

I'm the first person to recognize Alzheimer's is about the worst tragedy to befall a person and I wish it hadn't affected the Reagans, but that doesn't make one's prior career any more accomplished. Talk about rose colored glasses.

Posted by: sarahabc | March 3, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Since Reagan ran up deficits of nearly $2 trillion during his administration on defense contractors, maybe we should make up a new $2 trillion currency.

Because before long, the way we're going, the $50 bill isn't going to be worth anything.

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | March 3, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Reagan does not have ONE great number

Comparing Democrat’s hero-CLINTON—versus Republican’s hero--REAGAN

1.JOBS—grew by 43% more under Clinton.
2.GDP---grew by 57% more under Clinton.
3.DOW—grew by 700% more under Clinton..
4. MARKET CAP INCREASE—Clinton + 330%--Reagan + 136%
5.NASDAQ-grew by 18 times as much under Clinton.
6.SPENDING--grew by 28% under Clinton---80% under Reagan.
7.DEBT—grew by 43% under Clinton—187% under Reagan.
8. DEFICITS—Clinton got a large surplus--grew by 112% under Reagan.
9.NATIONAL INCOME—grew by 100% more under Clinton.
10.PERSONAL INCOME—Grew by 110% more under Clinton.
11.MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME-grew by 75% more under Clinton
12. DEFENSE BUDGETED-Clinton -2311B—Reagan-2062B (current $)
13.UNEMPLOYMENT—AVG—Clinton 5.2%--Reagan 7.6%
(I admit averaging averages can be dumb. I dumb.)
SOURCES—Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.BLS.Gov)--Economic Policy Institute (—Global & World Almanacs from 1980 to 2003 (annual issues) (chart taken from NY Times)
National Archives History on Presidents.
LA Times 10-11-00 on Market--www.Find
Federal Budget.Com 2009

A vote for a Conservative is a vote for Less Success.
A vote to reduce the Standard of Living for all Americans.

Recall 1920’s and Wall Street under Conservative control?
Recall 2000-2008 and Wall Street under Conservative control?

Want more of those years? It will take many years to recover.
political historian
Lifeaholics Of America
“All American Party”
How Democrats created a great Middle Class
and Conservatives are determined to destroy it

Posted by: CSWINNEY2TRIADRRCOM | March 3, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"A woman"

How respectful, anybody with the right genitals will do.

Posted by: member5 | March 3, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I think a more fitting tribute to Reagan would be to put his likeness on debt instruments such as Government bonds or T-Bills. I don't think anyone can dispute that, and it is his true legacy.

Posted by: Froomkin_fan | March 3, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Good idea. Reagan on the $50 and Bush on the $3

Posted by: caseyb1 | March 3, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

what did reagan do that was so great? he's already overrecognised. find somebody, anybody else.

Posted by: icebluekoolaid1 | March 3, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Since we are on the kick of immortalizing idiots, let’s create a 3 dollar bill and put resigned NJ governor McGreevey’s face on it! Then the expression “As queer as a 3 dollar bill” will become a statement of fact.

Posted by: stephen10709 | March 3, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Well, Grant is a contender for worst President of all time, as is the former spokesmodel for 20 Mule Team Borax, so maybe we shouldn't reject it out of hand. Our grandchildren will still be paying for Reagan's Voodoo Economics for decades to come. Maybe they could pay for it by printing 50's with the picture of the poster boy for Alzheimers on it.

Posted by: dolph924 | March 3, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

A woman? They suggest two men by name but say "a woman?"

And native americans don't even get gender discrimination.

Sure, comemorate a president who traded arms for hostages, sold drugs to raise money to arm nicaraguan contras who were trying to overthrow a democratically elected government, tripled the national debt and expanded the bureaucracy.

Serious suggestion: Our money used to use classical depictions of "Liberty." Might be time to go back to that and quit this idiotic comemoration stuff.

Posted by: summicron1 | March 3, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

This is a great idea. It will remind us why we are not better off today than when he was president.

Posted by: dougf1 | March 3, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Why would anyone even be thinking of adding Reagan to the $50 bill? His administration was the most corrupt administration ever! It was even more corrupt than Nixon's administration!

Posted by: JackS2 | March 3, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Reagan Record--Fact Check

Increased Spending by 80%

Increased Debt by 183%

Started big flush of Wealth upward with policies and tax cuts.

In 1980, we had 10 Billionaires and in 1989 we had 51.

In 1980, top 1% owned 20% of Total Financial Wealth.
In 1989, it was 36% for 80% increase.

Reduced Carter Job Creation of 218,000 per month to 175,000 per month

Set record of 138 members of administration
investigated/charged with crimes.
Set record with Scandals in 27 Departments of Government.

First Divorced
First to have shotgun marriage

google:clarence swinney + reagan firsts for litany on him

Honor Greatness not Blarney Baloney

Historical societies wait five years before polling members on a president.

In 1994, one of top two polled membership
on Reagan.

21%=Above Average
79%=Below average

In 1994 a poll was made of 500 History Professors in Colleges and Unversities.

Reagan was ranked 10th from bottom tied with Tyler.

Conservatives have spent millions re-inventing the Reagan Average Record.



Posted by: CSWINNEY2TRIADRRCOM | March 3, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Reagan is a natural choice to succeed Grant on the $50. Both were relatively honest men whose administrations were hampered by their tolerance of corruption. Neither deserves to be on currency.

How about Theodore Roosevelt? Perhaps he should succeed Jackson on the $20. Jackson was a virulent racist who bears significant responsibility for the rise of the Slave Power, and therefore for the instigation of the Civil War. T. Roosevelt modernized our country and paved the way for American hegemony during the last century.

Posted by: herrbrahms | March 3, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

$50 this Great Record
Show me a better one.

GDP--rose from 6300 to 11,600
NATIONAL INCOME-5,000 to 8,000 Billion--took 20 years to grow 2500B before Clinton
JOBS CREATED--over 22 million--record by far
AVERAGE WEEKLY HOURS WORKED--never hit 35.0--hit that  mark 4 times in 80's
UNEMPLOYMENT--from 7.2% down down down to 3.9%
WELFARE TO WORK—11,533,710 on federal roll in 1996 and 3,880,321 in 2007.
MINIMUM WAGE--$4.25 to $5.15
MINORITIES--did exceedingly well
HOME OWNERSHIP--hit all time high
DEFICIT--290 Billion to whoopee a SURPLUS
DEBT----+28%---300% increase over prior12 years
FEDERAL SPENDING--+28%---80% under Reagan- who da true conservative?
DOW JONES AVERAGE--3,500 to 11,800  all it's history to get to 3500 and Clinton zooms it
NASDAQ--700 to 5,000---all of it's history to get to 700 and Clinton zooms it
VALUES INDEXES-- almost all bad went down--good went up in zoom zoom zoom
FOREIGN AFFAIRS--Peace on Earth good will toward each other---Mark of a true Christian--what has Bush done to Peace on Earth?
POPULARITY---highest poll ratings  in history during peacetime in  AFRICA, ASIA AND EUROPE even 98.5% in Moscow--left office with highest gallup rating since it was started in 1920's.
STAND UP FOR JUSTICE--evil conservatives spent $110,000,000 on hearings and investigations and caught--- ONE--- very evil man who took a few plane rides to events.
BOW YOUR HEADS--Thank you God for sending us a man of Bill Clinton's character, intelligence, knowledge of governance, ability to face up to crises without whimpering and a great leader of the world.

Posted by: CSWINNEY2TRIADRRCOM | March 3, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

This is the best thing republicans can find to do with our time, when our Country is facing the biggest financial and economic crisis of our time?
And Ronnie RayGun? The idiot who turned us from a creditor nation to a debtor nation, beholden to CHINA, for God sake, to give the illusion of prosperity>
Do you right wing freaks not understand that he mortgaged us to CHINA???????
Ronnie sold us down the river, and you right wing whack jobs want to celebrate that by putting him on the $50??????
If you want a bill with Reagans face, I say create a $3 bill and put him there. It would be a much more fitting tribute.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | March 3, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

As if it wasn't bad enough to demand a tribute to Ronald "Alzheimer's" Reagan in very city, town and county in the land, now they want to force him onto the $50 bill? Maybe they could put his picture on the $1,000,000 bill, in honor of the deficits he ran up, or the millions he paid the Iranians? Reagan should have been impeached for his role in Iran Contra, and his economic policies have been proven to have failed over the 12 years of him and Daddy Bush, and the 8 years of Baby Bush. One day, when all of the apologists have finally died off, we will see an honest accounting of his failures, and relegate him to the list of worst presidents ever.

Posted by: pblotto | March 3, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

No to Reagan on anything! He's the one who started us on the path to financial ruin. Despite the horrific failures of "trickle down", deregulation, starving basic government services, etc.

Nice feel-good guy, but that's like putting the face of the used car salesman who sold you a lemon on the face of our dollar bill. But maybe it is a good idea, after all, since that dollar is not worth much now that his economic theories have come to full poisonous bloom!

Posted by: walden1 | March 3, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Why not make a $200 bill and put President Reagan on it. That would work for me.

Posted by: A1965bigdog | March 3, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't a three-dollar bill be more appropiriate? And they could make it from plastic.

Posted by: dotyr | March 3, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Leave US Grant where he is. Jefferson and Lincoln both have two denominations, one worthwhile and one not. Cancel the penny, leave Lincoln on the $5 bill and leave Jefferson on the Nickel. If you have to change something take Jefferson off the $2 bill and put someone else on it but before Reagan I would consider Dwight Eisenhower, who was on the never used silver dollar, Colin Powell, George Marshall, Alan Shepard, Elinor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Niel Armstrong, John Paul Jones or Lyndon Johnson. And I think keeping the $2 bill is a dumb as keeping the penny.

Posted by: gm7102 | March 3, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

He's already got National Airport. Why does the airport that represents a city with one of the largest African-American populations in the country and that has such an amazing history of diversity and civil rights named after some old, white guy from California who lived here for 8 years while he was president? With such a diverse history, we couldn't have our aiport named after someone who reflects the culture of Washington DC? Reagan was a RACIST!

Posted by: CAC2 | March 3, 2010 10:43 AM

Marion Barry National Airport?

Posted by: gbooksdc | March 3, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

How about putting Reagan on the $1 coin? Ike use to be on it, back when it was silver dollar size. I never liked dollar coins that are the size of a quarter, starting with that smaller Susan B. Anthony coin. A big president needs a big coin. The dollar coin is due for a resize and a facelift.

Posted by: TheNervousCat | March 3, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

One of the larger denomination bills could be replaced with Reagan. Take your pick.

* $500: William McKinley
* $1,000: Grover Cleveland
* $5,000: James Madison
* $10,000: Salmon P. Chase
* $100,000: Woodrow Wilson

Posted by: TheNervousCat | March 3, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Not taking a side on his worthiness, but Lincoln and Jefferson both have two denominations (the penny and $5 bill, and the nickel and $2, respectively). Why not leave them each with one (take your pick), and then of the two remaining denominations, put Reagan on one, and balance it out with something that will make the Democrats happy on the other?

Posted by: amrush | March 3, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I think we should name the mascot of our largest hamburger chain after Reagan. Yes, indeed, as presidents go, you can't get more supersized than the Gipper. Now, where did I leave my teeth?

Posted by: rmarsha1 | March 3, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Put him on the 50.00 bill as a majority of the American population don't carry 50's. We just can't afford them.
The Rich Neo-cons should be happy.
OR, put him on a two penny piece and call it the trickle down economic coin.

The two penny piece is more befitting.

Posted by: beachbum1938 | March 3, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Please give me a break. I have never understood the love affair Neo-Cons have with Ronald "B list actor" Reagan. I was also never able to watch him make a speech without thinking he was playing the part of President. There are already way too many memorials in his name. Enough is enough.

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | March 3, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Look like the US Mint already has plans for the $1 coin.$1coin/

Reagan could go on the $10,000 bill instead. Keep US Grant on the $50 bill.

Posted by: TheNervousCat | March 3, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

McHenry is just trying to create a partisan issue upon which the Republicans can unify with. Very pathetic considering all the main issues that are being worked on by the Democrats. It has to be a big deal for them as they finally found something to vote YES on. The Republican "lack of brain trust" at work for the American people. YIKES!!!!

Posted by: beachbum1938 | March 3, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Rather than putting Reagan's likeness on any of our currency, I propose we contract with Heinz and put his picture on ketchup packets and bottles in honor of his attempt to make ketchup a vegetable in the school lunch program.

Posted by: tennesseemoonshiner | March 3, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Reagan's going to have his presidential dollar soon.

Anyway ....
BTW, the only people after your money nowadays are the Barack/Nancy/Harry triumvirate. Hardly NeoCons.
Posted by: OttoDog | March 3, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Uh, no. They're spending it so that auto workers and construction workers can keep their jobs.

The neocon numb nuts gave it all to Halliburton, KBR, Blackwater, and the Carlyle Group.

You defend war criminals.


Posted by: bs2004 | March 3, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I read a comment that it was enough to name the Washington National Airport for Rocket Ronnie Ray-Gun. I disagree. There is one other thing in Washington that should be named for him and that is the sewer plant.

Posted by: yeoldeydd | March 3, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I have no problem with Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill as long as his eyes are closed which would accurately reflect the character of his presidency.

Posted by: RichardinPasadena | March 3, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I think Andrew Jackson's face should come off the $20. Right now I have no suggestion for a replacement; just remove him.

Posted by: motherof3 | March 3, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Next up from the GOPpers:
"The Ronald Reagan United States of America"

So many posters above have the same recollections of the Reagan years that I do. Reagan was the original teleprompter president.

But considering the R's other options for deification during the past 50 years - Nixon, Dubya, and Bush I - Reagan may be their best hope.

Posted by: thingsfallapart | March 3, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"Old Sleepy Head" Reagan replacing this country's greatest military commander? Yeah, right.

Posted by: miden1 | March 3, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Reagan on the $50 is about right. Bongo the Chimp on th $100? Perfect.

Posted by: swatkins1 | March 3, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

The first thing that came to mind for me is that $50 bills are bad luck. So it could be appropriate, sure.

Posted by: scottj31 | March 3, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

After what this failed actor did to first California then the United States, I find this suggestion beyond offensive. Only one man has damaged this country more and created more misery - 43.

McHenry is correct, though. Reagan did change the face of this nation. Not much good has happened in the United States since January 20, 1981, one of the blackest days in world history.

Posted by: BigTrees | March 3, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Repubicans sure like to stand up and hoot and holler about themselves, don't they? All Patrioty and stuff....writing up good old boy legislation to have their hero plastered on money....Go ahead boys...Pat yourselves on the back a little harder. What a great bunch of fellas.

Posted by: swatkins1 | March 3, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

In reading these quickly, someone wrote that Clinton was a better president that Reagan. Now that's funny. People are so witty.

I am a Republican and I don't think that it is necessary to kick Grant off the $50 to put Reagan on it.

I love how so many supposdly inteligent liberals use ad hominem arguements above, thereby essentially destroying their own position. Come on Dems, you are the party in control. I suggest making some hay while you have the opportunity. The tide seems to be rising........

Posted by: chrispa | March 3, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to the idea several years ago to make the penny out of plastic and put Reagan on it?

Great idea, I think.

Another option would be to put Reagan's face of the promissory notes of the banks and financial institutions received from the bailout.

Can't think of a better place.

Posted by: Spectator | March 3, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The perfect commemoration for the man who single-handedly kill the middle class with his 1986 Tax Act, that took away the income tax deduction for credit card and auto loan interests. Most of these people will never see a 50dollar bill, EVER!

Posted by: demtse | March 3, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The perfect commemoration for the man who single-handedly kill the middle class with his 1986 Tax Act, that took away the income tax deduction for credit card and auto loan interests. Most of these people will never see a 50dollar bill, EVER!

Posted by: demtse | March 3, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

The perfect commemoration for the man who single-handedly kill the middle class with his 1986 Tax Act, that took away the income tax deduction for credit card and auto loan interests. Most of these people will never see a 50dollar bill, EVER!

Posted by: demtse | March 3, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Renaming the airport was bad enough.

The Reagan Bldg is a more fitting tribute - the temparature goes from one section to the next. RRB dwellers switch between wearing swimwear and parkas (in season's opposite their normal usage). The air is barely breathable and the workers are forced to fight off children in public areas of the building because their chapperones are unable to chapperone.

The Reagan Bldg mirrors his presidency - laughable

Posted by: pooieva1 | March 3, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

If we want to honor the worst Presidents of all time maybe money isn't quite the type of paper we should put their pictures on. Surely there is something more appropriate.

Posted by: meand2 | March 3, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

From a historical perspective, our national prosperity was built on the backs of the slaughtered and oppressed Native Americans, slaves, and immigrants. I say we put our money where our history is and consider the likes of Benjamin Banneker, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Powhatan, Sacajawea, Geronimo, Queen Liliuokalani, Mother Jones, Lucy Parsons, Luis Munoz Rivera, Ben Kuroki, Dalip Singh Saund, Daniel K. Inouye, and Cesar Chavez, rather than former Presidents.

Posted by: DCEsq | March 3, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The only place I want to see Reagan's picture, is on the Post Office wall.

Posted by: seattle_wa | March 3, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Did anybody else notice that a North Carolinian proposed dumping Grant?

In some places, the Civil War ain't over yet.

Posted by: jeffreyclarke | March 3, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I've already got W and Ronnie on my toilet paper, why put them on money I don't have?

Posted by: bgreen2224 | March 3, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh, shut up.

Posted by: chenvertjd | March 3, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't he be more concerned with unemployment, the economy, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Instead of proposing that America spend its time and money redesigning the nation's currency, maybe he should focus on issues that would actually improve the lives of his constituents.

Posted by: freedom5 | March 3, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Ulysses S. Grant ended the civil war. Ronald Reagan started a new civil war between average Americans and the ultra-wealthy. I do not support putting his likeness on our currency, but I would support putting his face on all toilet seats used in government buildings.

Posted by: CALDEM | March 3, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

OK, "a woman", "a native american"? You couldn't get more specific? And we've already had both (Susan B Anthony and Sacajawea) on $1 coins. Actually every president either has been or soon will be on a $1 coin as well. Unfortunately all the slots on our money have been claimed up through the $100000 bill. Maybe some debt instrument would be more fitting considering what Reagan did for the country's finances. What's the biggest denomination of savings bond? We can put Reagan on that though Obama might be a better choice.

Posted by: bill3 | March 3, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

bs2004 wrote:
"Uh, no. They're spending it so that auto workers and construction workers can keep their jobs.

The neocon numb nuts gave it all to Halliburton, KBR, Blackwater, and the Carlyle Group."

When the government gave money to Halliburton and Blackwater they actually got something in return. Bailing out the overpaid UAW bought the government nothing except more debt. I'd rather they gave the money to Halliburton though it would be nice if it was to build things in this country rather than Iraq.

Posted by: bill3 | March 3, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

If we go through another 8 years of Reagan's policies, his $50 will be worth a little more than the paper it's printed on. These republicons will never learn, tax cuts for the rich and spending more to make up for the tax cuts only works in elementary math.

Posted by: shhhhh | March 5, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

There is little doubt that Reagan spent the Soviet Union into submission - - but he almost bankrupt the country doing it. The country may never recover from Reagan and Bush Jr. Bush Sr. was better than both. Unfortunately Bush Sr. didn’t have the moxie to undo Reagan’s stupid policies and he paid the price by loosing the 1992 election. Do you remember Clinton’s campaign motto - - “It’s the economy stupid”? It always is. People always vote their pocket books. Those who moan about Clinton should remember that Clinton would never have been elected if Reagan hadn’t completely mucked everything up. Talk about FUBAR.

Posted by: yeoldeydd | March 5, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Why those stupid!..embiciled brained SOBs! So thats how they spend there time and waste the American peoples time and tax dollars! Those jackasses need to be buckling down and resolving the health care issues and other issues of the day. Yet they have time to BS about whether or not to put Reagan on a $50 bill!? Those sobs need to be horse whipped then strung up from telephone poles outside the capitol bldg.

Posted by: matrox | March 6, 2010 3:01 AM | Report abuse

Why do some people still like Reagan boggles my mind...the man was a loser!!!!

Reagan is the number one reason why we are where we are in America today.

The current man on the bill, Ulysses S. Grant, helped end the civil war. That alone should make Rep. Patrick McHenry, (R) ashamed to call himself an American...but he is a Republican, so we should not be surprised at his behavior!

Ronald Reagan gave Fundamentalist Christian Extremists a voice in Washington, and he lowered taxes for corporations. The two main reasons America is in the mess it is in today !

Not to mention his refusal to allow money to be used to research AIDS...which has an interesting twist in the end, because it is a well documented fact that he had a debilitating disease for most of his second term as US president, and his second wife Nancy (yes, his second. He cheated on his first with ho-bag Nancy and later married her) used her/taxpayer's money to hire astrologers ti help her run the country.

Let us not forget 'Iran Contra' and the American Hostages, both stories shown to have very treasonous attributes.

Flash forward.....Bush gets appointed President by the Supreme Court in 2004, and don't forget the largest attack on Americans in centuries that was allowed to happen on September 11th 2001, and the many abuses of presidential power Bush created and abused. He used "Reconciliation" without bi-partisan support, many times.

So don't let those on the "right" lie their way out of the mess their savior Reagan created for Americans !

Posted by: cpmondello | March 10, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

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