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Poll: Most oppose Reagan on the $50 bill

By Ed O'Keefe

The day after officials unveiled a redesign of the $100 bill, new polling suggests most Americans don't want to see changes made to the $50 note.

Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) last month proposed putting Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill instead of former president Ulysses S. Grant, arguing that the "last great president" of the 20th century deserved the honor.

But 79 percent of Americans oppose the idea, according to a Marist Poll released Thursday. Only 12 percent support McHenry's idea while 9 percent are unsure.

Perhaps most notably, 71 percent of Republicans oppose the idea, an interesting statistic considering the Gipper's GOP hero status. Among Democrats, 83 percent don't want Grant replaced and 79 percent of independents agree.

Republicans have tried and failed for years to memorialize Reagan (well, except for what was National Airport in Washington.) Some lawmakers once tried getting Reagan on the $20 bill, but Tennessee pols blocked the move in favor of native son Andrew Jackson.

McHenry's office had no comment on the poll. He's pushing the measure because Reagan usually outranks Grant on surveys of the best American presidents. But Grant backers called McHenry "an absolute idiot and a moron," reminding doubters that Grant's military efforts saved the Union.

What do you think? The comments section awaits your thoughts.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 22, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
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Reagan does not deserve to have his face put on any bill. He didn't deserve to have National Airport named after him. He certainly wasn't better than George Washington but politicians took that choice away from the American people and renamed our airport after him with no justification. I have nothing against Reagan but he is not the God some people try to make him out to be. He just does not warrant having his face put on an American bill. Grant saved this country from a war that could have split the US in two. What did Ronnie do to compare to that? What is it with the Hill that they have to name everything after Raegan? Don't they have something else better to do -- like get us out of debt?? Leave Grant where he is. He deserves it -- Ronnie doesn't. Get real politicians and stay out of this. You are getting as ridiculous as the debt you have put this country in. In fact, why don't you just go home and stay there and do the whole country a favor?? That would be better than any replacement on a bill. You screw up everything else -- don't screw up the American currency!!! We could do without you, you never do anything right -- you have proven it time and time again -- we could not have done without Grant. Just shut up and go home!

Posted by: nicholjo1 | April 22, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | April 22, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

To replace Grant with Regan is the most asinine thing to come out of Washington. Not only was Grant a military genius but he saved the union from being torn in two. His place in American history is well earned and deserved. Regan on the other hand, as history has proved did not live up to the what he claimed he stood for. He tripled the size of the national debt, and this from a man whom said he was for "small government". The largest federal office building (and most government employees) in the nation has his name on it. So much for small government. We should honor only presidents who actually contribute to the betterment of this nation, not to the political pandering of a misguided party.

Posted by: admiralj | April 22, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Reagan with his extreme anti-government, anti-tax ideology and his "politics as corporate marketing" led to the destruction of the American middle class and the destruction of the economy. He was anti-union, anti-intellectual, anti-environment ... he was a complete disaster, rivaled only by baby-Bush.

And don't even start with the claim that he "brought down" the Berlin Wall. The Soviet Union was collapsing from inside and he happened to be walking by when it fell.

Ronnie Raygun belongs on the ash heap of history, not on a $50 bill.

Posted by: thebobbob | April 22, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Well I Don't know... Considering the Monster that Andrew Jackson was, Reagan would be in Great company!

I mean, Jackson was on of the most horrific men in all of our history - having single handed killed many in old fashioned duels without a single qualm. And if that wasn't enough, forcing the American Indians off their land even AFTER a supreme court judge stated that they had every right to remain on their land, he still pushed them off, literally ignoring the balancing of powers and just plain PISSING on our constitution.

So... Putting the 20th Evil on the bill may be a great idea! The man single handedly destroyed all support for out Vietnam Vets and also closed ALL the federally funded mental hospitals! What a visionary! What's better than Disabled Vets and the Mentally Insane running around homeless! The man deserves to be on the $50 bill of course!

How's this sound:
Put JFK on the $50 Bill, Teddy Roosevelt on the $20 - thee are men that DESERVE to be respected and revered for their leadership...

Ronald Reagan... I love the way Republicans remember him for what they WANT to remember him for- Let's forget he was a Pioneer for reducing, and ultimately, eliminating all nuclear weapons... but no, let's decry Obama for making the same agreement Reagan wanted to mean but could never get support for!

Reaganomics Don't Work.
Reagan's Domestic Ideas were terrible
Reagan did little but manage to diplomatically end the Cold War - While I respect him for this, I cannot condone the other things he had done in the past to make life for some of our soldiers worse than it already was.

Posted by: zithero | April 22, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

How about Reagan on a three dollar bill?

Posted by: esheehy | April 22, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

esheehy has it correct: put Reagan on the three dollar bill. But I would add that McHenry's picture belongs on the other side. Leave the fifty dollar bill alone.

Posted by: prolgazinternet | April 22, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The same Reagan that appointed James Watt for Secretary of the Interior? Not on Earth Day…not ever – no thanks.

Posted by: shredder1 | April 22, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Put his picture on the $10,000 bill. So his rich friends can remember him.

Posted by: dmwideman | April 22, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I agree, put Reagan on a three dollar bill with Dick Cheany.

Posted by: gistca | April 22, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather see Reagan's former co-star Bonzo the Chimp on the $50 bill. Reagan doesn't deserve to be memorialized in such a fashion.

Posted by: BardOfTheLesserBoulevards | April 22, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

The continuing fascination with Reagan continues to amaze me!!His name is every where and some consider him almost a God.Even some very good people have had Reagan take over items named after them.I cannot believe that a fellow who put us in such debt is now a cult emblem!We dont seem to have much patience here.We want the airport,the dollar bill,the bridge,etc named after us even before we are six foot under.No! There are lots of Americans who deserve their names on our national icons as a mark of our recognition and appreciation for their deeds.But for now,I am happy with what we have.Lets see if the new folks we think are great--lets see if they stand the test of time.

Posted by: iafonya | April 22, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"But 79 percent of Americans oppose the idea, according to a Marist Poll released Thursday."

Only 79% opposed it? I am very surprised! I would have though that 100% would have opposed it. There is nothing that Reagan did that would have gotten the approval of many democrats today and none of the leftists. It doesn't matter that we had 20%+ inflation from Carter's administration, had a misery index to tell us how miserable we should be and it doesn't matter that the military had been down graded to a dangerous level under Carter and Reagan turn all this around. He was also instrumental in the fall of the Soviet Union. None of this matters to them. If Reagan did to the economy then what Obama is doing now the country, I think, would have fallen and everybody to day would have the socialism a long time ago that is being forced upon the country now.

Posted by: Curly4 | April 22, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Grant was a drunk. If he were alive today, Grant and Patrick Kennedy would be bar-hopping through Georgetown most evenings.

Posted by: bacala1 | April 22, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Of course what else would you expect from a former sessionist state congressman? Remember guys YOU LOST! Grant deserves this honor.
On the other hand, if there was some honor for sleeping through most of your two terms as President, Reagan would be the prime candidate!

Posted by: dwatson1 | April 22, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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!

Posted by: AGoodGuy | April 22, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I spent the 190s living in DC trying to "hold back" the negative effects of President Reagan's policies on America's most vulnerable citizens. That said, I think that he deserves some honor as president.

BUT, the honor should not be on contentious areas of his governance. Since he made it okay to break unions with his handling of the air traffic controllers, I think it is outrageous that his name is on the airport.

Likewise, I think any building related to Central America should bear no mention of him, since he illegally funded the Contras by illegal arms sales. He created a constititutional crisis by going against legislation.

However, I can see some honor. And maybe the $50 bill is the right thing.

Don't get me wrong, I don't like his policies. I agree that many of them are still hurting us today, including in the current/recent recession. He is not on my list of best presidents.

But I have come to realize that a constant war over "this president sucked" and "that one was the greatest" based solely on the left-right guage does much good. See the benefits, see the flaws, name something after the person, and move on.

Let's just stop making the same mistakes. (Let's pass the financial reform package, for instance.)

Posted by: prairiepopulist | April 22, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I share many of the views above to effect that the man doesn't deserve the honor. Apart from that I oppose generally giving such honors to any public figure until enough years have gone by to allow historical perspective and a real weighing of merit in context. Even Lincoln didn't get the penny until 1909. I note we've made exceptions that can, I think, be justified: FDR on the dime in 1948, or Ike on the dollar coin (which was a beautiful coin, it deserves a second look compared to these brassy Presidential tokens we have now). But the law, I think, requires 50 years unless a specific exception is made, and we shouldn't lightly disregard it so that the radical right can point to their hero as an official icon of liberty.

Posted by: YrNameHr | April 22, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Put Reagan on the $10,000 bill, replacing Samuel Chase. Reagan's tax policies were welfare for rich people, for whom $10,000 is pocket change.

Jackson on the $20 was an S.O.B., but at least he supported the union, while Reagan promoted disunion and states' rights.

Keep Hamilton on the $10. Hamilton saved the country by paying off the nation's debt---the antithesis of Reagan---and defeating the latter-day republicans who despised Washington, for advocating a strong defense supported by a federal government. Reagan, of course, worked hard to weaken our nation by trying to pay ransom to terrorists, and promoting quack SDI technology. (Adams, by the way, another strong federalist, wanted to fight the terrorists with a strong Navy.)

Posted by: maris9 | April 22, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

And in place of "in God we trust" we could put "government is the problem."

Posted by: econ51gh | April 22, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that all of the Reagan haters were able to get their feelings off their chests. A couple of things for you to consider. I remember well one of the worst presidents in Jimmy Carter and the absolutely dismal economy at the time. I got owner financing on a piece of property where I now live and was happy to get a 15% interest rate. In addition there was no business activity and inflation was rampant. Things did a 360 within 2 or 3 years of Reagan's election. I would have held him in higher esteem if he had stood up to the ramped up federal spending. The deficits at the time were a result of the spending not the tax cuts.
For every one of you folks that abhor Ronald Reagan there are many that adored him. If you had been in the line as I was to pay my respects while he laid in state in the Rotunda in the Capital you would realize just how much he was revered. Not all of those 40 thousand people that stood in line all night including myself were fools as you believe. By the way how is that Obama thing going for you. I believe that most of the Reagan haters are now Obama lovers.

Posted by: millelect | April 22, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Either Representative McHenry is ignorant of Grant's historical significance in preserving the Union or the Grant-backers' description of his intellect is correct. Then again, maybe his opinion of President Grant has been biased from reading too many Bob McDonnell proclamations. The Gipper was a good president but Grant was a great general and president. How about recasting the Oscar mold with a likeness of the Great Communicator? Oh I forgot, he was only a good actor by Washington's standards.

Posted by: fingnutz | April 22, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Just say no to putting Reagan on the $50 bill. The current recession is largely a result of his economic policies, and the only good thing about putting him on the $50 bill would be that many Americans may not see one in their wallet for at least the next few years.
U.S. Grant wasn't one of our greatest Presidents but he was the general Lincoln needed to end the Civil War. That alone is more than enough to keep him on the $50 bill.

Posted by: meand2 | April 22, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Just say no to putting Reagan on the $50 bill. The current recession is largely a result of his economic policies, and the only good thing about putting him on the $50 bill would be that many Americans may not see one in their wallet for at least the next few years.
U.S. Grant wasn't one of our greatest Presidents but he was the general Lincoln needed to end the Civil War. That alone is more than enough to keep him on the $50 bill.

Posted by: meand2 | April 22, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan was a fake cowboy, and a snake oil salesman! There wasn't one thing that he ever did that wasn't a media invention! His main job while in office, was to create a partnership between government and corporations, and dismantle the middle class!

His involvement in the Iran Contra scandal should have landed him in prison! Instead, the brain dead cool aid drinkers showered him with praise, and named airports, ships, and buildings after him!

He is responsible for most of the deregulation of corporations! We now see the results of that effort! Anyone with a heartbeat knows that if you allow capitalism to go unregulated, the result will be that corporations will run amok! The bottom line is their only consideration! And by the way, who is responsible for corporations having the same rights as a person? That is a really BAD idea! It allows power to reach out from beyond the grave!

His firing of the Air Traffic Controllers, placed the safety of the public in danger, and, all it was, was a mass union busting operation! A favor to the corporations ( GE being one of them ) who put the incompetent fool into office!

All the talk about how he caused the collapse of the Soviet Union, was just more of the worn out talking points, still used by members of the the tarnished Republican brand! In other words, Bull*hit!

We are still feeling the effects of his economic policies! They didn't work then, and they don't work now! Yet, his Republican apologists even today, are trying to push the same agenda! Even Bush 41, called his economic policies, Voodoo Economics!

I'm surprised that the American People aren't lining up to desecrate his grave! The damage he did to this country is immense, yet his apologists still spew the same worn out talking points in support of his fake legacy!

And Republicans want his picture on a $ 50 dollar bill? GOOD GOD!

Posted by: ChingarraSan | April 22, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of whose image is used believe a larger denomination bill iis needed in general circulation . A $200 or $500 bill would be helpful. Perhaps Theodore Roosevelt would be the least controversial?

Posted by: NYSTEAMERMAN | April 22, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

It is probably too soon after Reagan's death to be memorializing him in this manner. The people who have been so honored have been foundational figures in our history. Washington (quarter, dollar bill) the Father of our country, Lincoln (penny and five dollar bill) saved the Union and freed the slaves, FDR (dime) led our country through the Great Depression and WW II, Hamilton (ten dollar bill) founded our financial system, helped establish our system of government, and helped Washington run the Continental Army, Jackson (for all of his flaws, helped accelerate the growth of real democracy in the US, Grant (fifty dollar bill) led the Union to victory in the Civil War, deserves more credit for his presidency than he gets, and, while he could tie one on with the best of them when depressed, was certainly NOT a drunk, Franklin (one hundred dollar bill) whose diplomacy helped ensure the success of the Revolution and who was probably the most admired American in the world at the time, and JFK (half dollar) who saved the world from nuclear annihilation and whose assassination moved America and the world. Reagan just doesn't measure up to those men.

Posted by: saulpaulus | April 22, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan and the senior Podheretz and Kristol thinkers, right wingers all, have something in common: they were all staunch leftists before they became born again rightists. Ronnie was a student protest leader in college leading to the college president resigning.

Then RR was the Hollywood film actors' union leader until he was essentially blacklisted and became unemployable due to the McCarthyite atmosphere surrounding him and other union leaders. It was a stroke of huge luck that he was hired to host the Sunday evening General Electric Theatre primetime TV program, and then he was in thrall to an extremely right wing high pressure sales LA car dealer who saw his potential for thrilling a crowd politically if given a good script.

The rest was a vacuum, timing and opportunism, with lots of subsequent destruction of the golden era years in America. He worked to destroy the best public education and university in America bar none - the University of California. Then came California's initial decline, and later huge US debt increases, ferocious Cold War belligerence, and his near senility in his second term with Alzheimers (shameful and well hidden by his handlers.)

And the GOP claimed he had won the Cold War, which didn't actually end until after he was gone and mostly due to internal Communist system decay - the result of scores of nations' efforts and taxes paid over 45 years and numerous lost wars (Viet Nam, Korea, Lebanon, etc.) So is this the guy to put on any denomination of US currency? I think don't think so - not now or ever.

Posted by: enough3 | April 22, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Since the Reagan administration's policies contributed mightily to the Great Recession and the devaluation of the dollar, might it not be more appropriate to make an image of Reagan's monkey co-star perched on Uncle Sam's back and memorialize it on a U.S. postage stamp?

Posted by: mmurphy7 | April 22, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Put Him on the $13.00 dollar bill, he will do well with prairiepopulist and his other idols printed on the reverse side.

Posted by: samiaelsberesford | April 22, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I consider Ulysses S. Grant one our country's truly great men. Unfortunately his reputation has suffered at the hands of historians of U.S. history from the former Confederacy who dominated historiography in this country for several decades after the Civil War. Why am i not surprised that a congressman from a state which rebelled against the Union doesn't have a high regard for Grant?

I personally became interested in Grant when I learned that Mark Twain had a high opinion of the man: Sam Clemmens encouraged Grant to write his memoirs concerning the U.S. Civil War. Grant proved himself with thos recollections one of the best writers who ever served as president of the United States.

Grant was an amazingly open-minded man for his time. He allowed Afro-American soldiers to bear arms in the Grand Army of the Republic, and considered them capable of doing more than manual labor behind the frontlines.

As president, grant sent federal troops to Louisiana to put down the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan was relatively quiet in the South until the 1890s.

I doubt that any other president endeavored to respect treaties with the indigenous peoples of North America as U.S. Grant did. Unfortunately, a single man, even the president of the United States, could not halt the unrelenting flow of white migrant settlers upon the lands of the western indigenous peoples.

I especially like an anecdote about Grant concerning his lacklustre business career before the Civil War. His fiances were in ruins. Grant's one decent asset was a slave whom his father-in-law had given to him and his wife. So what did Grant do? He signed the man's emancipation letter, rather than sell him and help relieve his own fiancial distress.

Let's compare the record. U.S. Grant, graduate of the United States Military Academy whose generalship helped save the republic. Ronald Reagan, graduate of an obscure midwestern college who as a military officer made forgotten instructional films during the Second World War.

U.S. Grant who presided over the country during Reconstruction of the former Confederacy, western expansion, and major industrialization of the U.S. economy. Ronald Reagan who initiated an economic policy of indebting the country and severely stratifying wealth among its citizens.

U.S. Grant, author of one of the finest military memoirs in history. Ronald Reagan: what did he write again?

How can anyone seriously consider removing U.S. Grant's portrait from the $50 bill and replacing it with Ronald Reagan's?

Posted by: jophibow | April 22, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

He double l, NO.....way, That man was the 2nd worst president of our time, I was young but i remember the 70'S VERY WELL,he was a shiester,hated Native Americans and him and John Wayne just plain stink...

Posted by: janetmramos | April 22, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama (& Kenyan camel for background, marked "Pay to Play" in place of "In God We Trust") belong on the face of a new $3 bill. The Obama/Dodd/Franks/Pelosi/Waters', et al's '05 intercessions (against FNMA & FHLMC oversight) sustained their FNMA/FHLMC kickbacks while feeding propellents to the sub-prime debacle and a nearly-raged financial system (sustained only by defacto-dollar devaluation, in progress).

Posted by: qaz70 | April 22, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I believe that most of the Reagan haters are now Obama lovers.

Posted by: millelect | April 22, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

===

Maybe some, but not me. Both Presidents spoke in positive terms and deservedly blasted the opposition for obstructionism.

Heck, even Nancy Reagan thinks highly of Obama. (or at least did during the campaign)

Personally, I could care less who's on the $50.

Posted by: mikem1 | April 22, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

An Airport, a Federal Building AND an Aircraft Carrier, Enough is ENOUGH!

Posted by: AGCS-ret | April 22, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Why not propose the Gipper for sainthood instead?

Posted by: TAMPADUDE | April 22, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

The people has spoke!
Down with the communicator who could barely speak coherently without a script.

Posted by: willsCA | April 22, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Why the hell would we want a terrible President who killed our deficit and put us in financial ruin?

It is funny seeing Republicans want Democrats to put Reagan on the $50

Will Republicans put Clinton on the next bill when they are next in power?

If not, shut up

Posted by: Bious | April 22, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

WELL, I AM NOT A GREAT FAN OF RONALD REAGAN BUT DESPITE MY DIFFERENCES WITH HIS POLITICAL
IDEOLOGY, I HAVE TO GIVE HIM, HIS PROPER DUE, FOR BREAKING THE WILL OF THE SOVIET UNION, HE LITERALLY DROVE THE OLD KGB RUN-RUSSIA INTO THE DUSTBIN OF HISTORY ! WHILE THE REPUBLICANS DO TEND TO OVER-ADORE THIS PRESIDENT, I DON'T HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH POSTAGE STAMP OR COMMEMORATIVE .50 CENT COIN,
COULD BE ISSUED FOR THOSE COLLECTORS WHO DO WISH TO HAVE PERMANENT LINK TO HIS PRESIDENCY, WE DID IT FOR JFK AND IN ALL FAIRNESS , WE COULD DO THIS FOR REAGAN !

Posted by: YANKEE57 | April 22, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I oppose anything with this mediocre actor's face or name on it.

Posted by: Chapringo | April 23, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

I totally oppose replacing U.S. Grants image with Ronald Regan. I'm sick of listening to republicans blame Jimmy Carter for the stagflation that actually started with Nixon and then Ford. I believe the main cause of that period of inflation Was the fake oil shortage and the doubling of the price of gas in 73-74. There was another fake oil shortage and doubling of the price of gas in 78-79, culminating in the lowering of our standard of living and inflation. Both Democrats and Republicans are equally responsible for their corruption and fear of the Oil Monopolists. I honestly believe are nation would be better off if instead of electing our representatives and our president we just put names in a hat and pick them that way. At least then there is a chance that we may end up with a few righteous uncorrupted people in positions of power. It's true that we would also get some of the stupid and criminally inclined, but what have we got now.

Posted by: mang | April 23, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Just a quick note about Jimmy Carter since he was brought up in at least one of the comments. If we had followed Jimmy Carter's lead then, we would be energy independent now. I daresay we would have also avoided much of the heartache and loss in our endless quest to 'secure' the resources of the Middle East. Carter was also was a fiscal conservative (a real one, not like Reagan), and his policies and programs for energy conservation helped turn around the economy during Reagan's first term as most of the inflation was driven by massive oil price increases from OPEC. Some were unhappy with Carter because he told the unvarnished truth, but most Americans actually agreed with him at the time. Jimmy Carter has been one of the most successful and influential former American presidents. He has promoted free and fair elections, democratic governance, and human rights throughout the world. But all of this is of course a diversion from the main issues of the day, which are far more important and relevant.

Posted by: stevenasmith | April 23, 2010 4:11 AM | Report abuse

What a terrible idea!! Reagan was a joke! Not a hero. I'm sure there is something better to do with all the money it would take to fund this new printing.

Posted by: crvanselow | April 23, 2010 6:08 AM | Report abuse

No, Reagan didn't put us 10 years behind, we are 30 years behind; we are still dealing with the mess he made and the mess followers like this McHenry continue to make.

He is at least partially responsible for the anti-government feeling that has run wild in this country since he was in office and flares up everytime a Democrat is President.

When you are President and you tell people their government is worthless and working against them and they beleive it, this is what we end up with.

And we aren't even talking about the deficit he ran up and the end he put to alternative energy research to get us out from under OPEC. He hurt this country in immeasurable ways. But, his use of the BIG Lie became the cornerstone of the Republic Party that continues to poison political discourse in our country. Rabid us vs. them can be laid at his feet.

Posted by: edismae | April 23, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Regan was nothing special at all except his ability to set the country ona path to financial ruin. But then, it appears that is the GOP way.

As for Grant, he should be removed for what he did to starve out the plains Indian tribes, slaughtering the buffalo.

He didn't singlehandedly save the union, but as president, he single handedly began a campaign of genocide.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou25 | April 23, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

What did Grant do? Preserve the Union -- in other words saddled the country with the South. Another missed opportunity. Thanks Ulysses.

Posted by: audritsh | April 23, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I think I would gag if I got a $50 bill with Ronald f****ing Reagan on it. They probably decided to do this because it is often counterfeited! I STILL call National Airport "National Airport." Why they ever named an airport after the President who finished off the air traffic controllers I simply don't know. Why not name the Confederate War Memorial after Ulysses S. Grant? Or perhaps next time we can consider putting Adolf Hitler on the $100 bill!!

Posted by: matthl | April 23, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I'll go along with the "Reagan $50" if they do the following:
1. Put a bottle of catsup somewhere on it with him(his greatest accomplishment while president).
2. Put small pictures around the bill frame of 100+ US Marines that died in Beirut, Lebanon under his command-with an American flag fleeing somewhere near them.
3. Put a picture of a little island named Grenada somewhere on it(that was truly the greatest "tactical diversion" ever employed against our nation's citizens-don't know what I'm talking about-go research it young folks-see the bombing dates for Beirut and the invasion of Grenada).
And for those too young to know better(always having to provide my kids and grandkids with truth doses about what happened before they were born!)---gas lines of the 70s started under President Nixon in 1973. No Presidents Carter and Clinton have not created the mess we're in-nor did President Obama! I think most Americans woke up with the last election...I know I did...I'll never vote republican again(& yes, I voted for Reagan--and cut my own throat as a military spouse!) These rightwing radicals out in the streets need a history lesson. Rightwing Radicals/War Hawks in the Republican party have always been with us since at least the War of 1812(research it!)...time to get rid of them in politics...They're always willing to start wars as long as they and their children never have to fight them and they're all behind the scenes making $$$ off the blood of others. They are in the back pockets of the corporations and they take good care of their rich cronies while screwing over the rest of us. I can only imagine where our country would be right now if McCain had been elected (probably more tax cuts for his rich friends, and perhaps another two wars on top of the two we already have currently courtesy of W, more people would be unemployed because nothing was done to stop the mess W created, also perhaps McCain would have "pouted and run home, shutting down the government a couple of times by now"...while Palin would be winking and clicking at us all saying "ya betcha!"). America - please stay awake and continue to vote!!!

Posted by: Sharon_6441 | April 24, 2010 2:13 AM | Report abuse

The idea that we would take Grant's image off the $50 bill and replace it with that of an a mediocre actor is puzzling.

The accomplishment of the Union Army to insure the viability of this nation as one stands in stark contrast to anything anyone has done as president since the 1860s. I do understand that some view the Gipper a hero. I am not one of them and I actually regarded Mr. Reagan's acting career more appealing than the dangerous trajectory he put the country on since he hit the national stage politically.

The loss of statue in our government that our citizenry has can be directly traced to the attacks the Reagan era made to discredit everything from Washington. Such a legacy seems to make the idea unworthy to say the least.

Even if it was true that the demonization of our federal government was warranted, it stands as a negative accomplishment competing against the soldier who actually led the effort to keep us the United States of America.

I'd rather see my $50 have a symbol of a contributor rather than detractor.

Posted by: rebennett2 | April 24, 2010 2:57 AM | Report abuse

Not only does his face not belong on any currency but it's time to remove his name from all the other honors we bestowed upon him. Almost every thing that is wrong with this country (and California) can be traced back to his policies. He was a disaster. You want his face somewhere? Try Charmin!

Posted by: dr818 | April 24, 2010 4:23 AM | Report abuse

Mr. O'Keefe: I left an extensive reply debunking the empty-headed Leftist idiocy slandering Reagan's good name and great Presidency, yet - even though I have written nothing that violates the User Guides for Discussion and have submitted it for 3 times - it hasn't appeared. Are you or are there the leftist/fascist censors controlling what goes on this blog, eliminating comments you don't agree with (other than token entries)?

To other contributors: Is anyone else having trouble getting comments posted? Just want to know if I'm wasting my time here.

Posted by: roots4cubs | April 24, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I'll try this again:

I don't know what is most disturbing: Reading the interminably ignorance and lies of the Reagan-haters here, or the idea that they actually think their Leftist Hate- Babble is true. In other terms, 90% of what I've read here is garbage, so commenting on it would give it a credibility it doesn't deserve. However, commenting on Reagan's greatness - in spite of the lies - is needed. True history readers know Reagan was the key "transformational" president (Obama's words) of the latter half of the 20th century and he stands near the top of every presidential survey to date (most of which are populated by liberal historians). He changed the country and world for the better. Just a few of the facts: He ended the Cold War (even perpetual Reagan-haters Sean Wilenz, Richard Reeves, and even Gorbachev himself - given RR credit for this). Reagan also transformed our economy, with his econ. policies triggering the longest period of economic growth at that time in US history. The stats: -Unemployment dropped from 9.7% to 5.3% (19 million new jobs created) - Inflation: 13.5% to 4.4% - Government revenues increased: $686.6B to $1.2T (including 2.7 in 1983 to 3.5% by 1986, despite the tax cuts); - Deficit: After a high of $260B in 1986, it dropped to about $125B by 1988 (3.6% of GDP, which was the average of the previous 30 years) - Real Growth: 3.4% (1981-1989. However, after the recession of 1982, the economy grew at a healthy 4.8% rate (1983-1990) - include 6 straight quarters of +6.0% growth. This was higher than the 1990's. (Note: Clinton adopted over 90% of RR's policies, differing only in his elevation of the progressive tax rates - from 28-35%). He restored America's self-confidence and international prestige after the debacle of the Carter years, and changed to trajectory of US political and judiciary thought to a more conservative direction. Great presidents influence thoughts and events long after they're gone, and this describes Reagan - like Jackson, FDR, and others almost perfectly. We still discuss missile defense and tax cuts, among other things - things he brought to te table. He deserves any honor we give him, and he will appear on our currency - once the idiot partisans and demagogues either shut up or move on.

Posted by: roots4cubs | April 24, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Amazing! All the VITRIOL and HATE by the Intellectual Pygmies on the Left against the second greatest President ever!
My, My, you rabid DemoRats need tongue depressers. Did you forget that President Reagan ended the Cold War? Brought the Berlin Wall and Communist Russia down? Unlike the current occupant, President Barack "I'm Sorry I'M an American" HUSSEIN" (the best friend Hamas and Hezbollah ever had), Reagan was PROUD of America and Americans! He didn't try to court martial our US Navy SEALs for slapping an Islamic Fascist MURDERER like Barack HUSSEIN! Yes, President Reagan deserves to be on a $50 bill! Obama deserves to be on his soon to be released $100 TRILLION dollar bill, which will buy all you Obama Lap dogs 10 cents worth of gas! How's that HOAX-and-CHANGE and
10 Percent Unemployment and $14 TRILLION dollar deficit working out for ya'll?

Posted by: NavymanNorm | April 24, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

If they're so desperate to memorialize Reagan, how about christening our national debt in his honor. It is his greatest legacy, after all.

Posted by: EricVilhelmsen | April 27, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Reagan was indeed a great man, but changing up the PResidents on the bills? I dunno about that. Some things are just better left alone.

Lou
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Posted by: clermontpc | April 27, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Just an anecdote about Reagan: My son was in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua. He brought back 2 of his friends to visit the US. They were ASTOUNDED to land at Reagan Airport. In their country, everyone hated the civil war between the Sandinistas and the Contras, no matter what their personal politics, and blames Reagan for prolonging it. It was obvious that, to them, landing at Reagan Airport would be like flying to Germany and finding out they named the airport after Adolph Hitler.

Posted by: Dan4 | April 27, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I wrote my Congressman several weeks ago opposing this.

Posted by: swissmiss150 | April 27, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

How about Reagan's puss on the Food Stamp?

Posted by: rrfriends | April 27, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

The idea was ridiculous from the start and is ludicrous in the continued attempts.

Most of what's wrong today -- celebration of greed, movement of wealth from the lower and middle classes to the wealthy class -- is rooted deeply in the Reagan regime years.

Better to just replace Grant with a $ sign to celebrate the Reaganesque-era greedfest that continues to this day!

Posted by: BigPoppaLeo | April 27, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

...And the pathetic, hypocritical and brainless Reagan-hater talking points beat goes on. Deficit? The deficit under RR was about $126B when he left office, or 3.6% of the GDP - which was the rate of the previous 30 years (i.e., nothing new). Yet, it was the DEMS that refused to cut spending - not Reagan - and they caused the massive debt. Without RR's economic policies triggering over 20 + years of prosperity, the endless Liberal-Spending spree would have wrecked the economy - like now. I NEVER want to hear a leftist complain about deficits, national debt, or anything else. Compared to Obama, the 80's debt is coffee money. In other terms, the national debt under RR is less than 9% of what it is today.
Nicaragua? I have spoken to dozens of national who hated the Cubans and Soviets trying to install totalitarianism against their will. The contras where the only way to stop it, which it did in 1988. Criticism belongs to the Communists for starting the Civil War i the first place. Next time, Dan4, ask someone other than a Leftist national about Reagan. Greedfest? You must mean the Clinton Years, which had more scandals and fraud cases than the 70's and 80's combined - although Leftists never seem to pay attention to that. Reagan-haters, NOW HEAR/READ THIS: You were wrong then, you are wrong now, and you will always be wrong. You missed the boat on one of the Greatest Leaders of Our Time - and you can't accept it because he wasn't a Liberal. Get over it. You've already lost the debate. Stop your lies, lest you lose what little is left of your credibility.

Posted by: roots4cubs | April 27, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

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