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Friday Feedback: Ronald Reagan and the $50 bill; Benjamin Franklin and the $100 bill; federal agency favorability; gay rights protesters and Obama

By Ed O'Keefe

A sampling of some of the comments from this week's most popular Federal Eye items. The thoughts expressed below do not represent the views of The Federal Eye or The Washington Post:

When gay rights protesters confronted President Obama, you weighed in:

Many in the gay community truely live with blinders on. This administration has moved forward on issues involving the gay community. But it's never enough for those with blinders on. There needs to be an awareness in the gay community that their concerns will NEVER go forward if many citizens begin to see the Obama administration as pro-gay. That's different than the administration protecting civil liberties. It's time for many in the gay community to wake up. -- mnbvcx
I never did understand why the media acts like it has a responsibility to report on one nut who shouts out interrupting a public figure. It just encourages more such rude behavior. Cut it out. -- rjma1
I am 100% behind legalizing gay marriage, repealing DADT, etc. However, the GLBT community needs to acknowledge that Obama's been a tad busy lately. It's not that dealing with these issues is unimportant, but fixing our economy and providing jobs and health care kind of trumps it at the moment. Patience people, patience! -- jromaniello

Regarding the news that the favorability of federal agencies has plummeted...

This is more of the same. If you look at the breakdowns on the companion website, you can see that the declines in favorable views of these agencies accelerated during the eight-year G.W. Bush presidency when the Republicans converted them into ideological centers. While rising costs surely played a part, the fact is that many of these bodies simply stopped doing their jobs (like the EPA) because they were staffed based on ideology rather than expertise. -- rogied25
People don't feel like they are getting their money's worth. Somehow a sense of entitlement completely washed out the "servant" in civil servant. -- eGREGie

About the redesign of the $100 bill...

It's more than a great idea and design, it's technological wonder that we can carry in our wallets. Many people don't think of the printing industry as high tech--especially with the apparent decline of print-on-paper media--but this new $100 bill design should change that. The question is, what will counterfeiters do to imitate it and create passable fake currency? -- ausura

It is a beautiful note, except for that 3-D ribbon. They haven't yet found a smart way to meet artistic and security needs without one set diminishing the other. -- 1EgoNemo

The thing i don't understand about changing the design is, why can't counterfitters just still make the old design bills? the few times (and not very often) that i have a hundred dollar bill, even the ones over 20 years old, they look new, so who would even know if it's real or not?? -- astroman215aolcom

Regarding a poll that shows most Americans oppose putting Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill...

Put the guy who quadrupled the federal deficit on Cold War spending a decade before the Cold War ended? The guy who gassed college students in Berkeley as governor of California? The guy who set the country back 10 years, 20 years before W? PASS. -- anarcho-liberal-tarian
Put Reagan on the $2 bill: nobody looks at it, nobody wants it, and everyone is quick to spend it to get rid of it. Think how we'd stimulate the economy with every body spending their new $2 bills! -- AGoodGuy
And in place of "in God we trust" we could put "government is the problem." -- econ51gh

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By Ed O'Keefe  | April 23, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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I thought Reagan was on the $50 bill? Haven't seen one in a while.

Posted by: jimward21 | April 23, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

To put Reagan on any bill it would have to be a three dollar bill and counterfeit at that.

But basically the whole proposal was a deliberate use of the antisocial finger by one Republican looking to pick a fight.

Should such a proposal ever get traction, a posthumous treason trial for grandpa Ronnie would definitely be in order.

Posted by: ceflynline | April 23, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

not to forget,
it was under him.
ronald reagan, which the US had de-regulation in full force against any and all rules against the financial systems in the US, not to forget also..wendy gramm too
phil gramms wife?
recall enron scandal...
no absolutely no $50 dollar bills with that guy's face.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou29 | April 26, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans voted and at night to name National Airport after this clown, don't let them do it again by puting his face on dollar bills! What's worst is by the following morning, all of the signs was changed. They were to embarrassed to name LAX after this fraud!!!

Posted by: wspinks1 | April 26, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

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