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Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill?

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

By Jodi Westrick  |  March 3, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Given his legacy massive deficit spending I think a Ronald Reagan comemorative credit card would be much more appropriate.

Posted by: Drew95 | March 3, 2010 11:33 AM

Reagan enabled anti-American terrorism when he ordered the Marines to cut and run from Beirut. Bin Laden specifically cited this as showing Americans don't have the guts to fight.

I's sooner have bin Laden on the $50 than the Great Enabler.

Posted by: Garak | March 3, 2010 2:03 PM

Last time I checked, it was Grant who won the Civil War, not Reagan.

Posted by: DavidTR | March 3, 2010 2:07 PM

It's an ironic choice, considering that Ronald Reagan would have undoubtly sided with the Confederacy anyway!

Posted by: roedel74 | March 3, 2010 2:39 PM

President Reagan was a funny gentleman who loved jelly beans. He had a great sense of humor but his governing days had long passed when he was elected President. He bundled practically everything of any importance to the country during his tenure. His administration was not responsible for the breakup of the Soviet Union. It was the war in Afghanistan that broke the Soviet Union, pretty much like it is doing for the U.S. now. National airport should have never been named after President Reagan, just like Congressman Jim Moran said. While President Reagan was a fine gentleman, he is certainly not worthy of having his picture on any bill. Furthermore, his administration involvement in bringing Crack Cocaine to the U.S. should have resulted in criminal charges where some of his key personnel would have landed in the slammer where they would have been reading the book "Oops, People of Color Live There".

Posted by: Moley2 | March 3, 2010 2:45 PM

President Reagan was a funny gentleman who loved jelly beans. He had a great sense of humor but his governing days had long passed when he was elected President. He bundled practically everything of any importance to the country during his tenure. His administration was not responsible for the breakup of the Soviet Union. It was the war in Afghanistan that broke the Soviet Union, pretty much like it is doing for the U.S. now. National airport should have never been named after President Reagan, just like Congressman Jim Moran said. While President Reagan was a fine gentleman, he is certainly not worthy of having his picture on any bill. Furthermore, his administration involvement in bringing Crack Cocaine to the U.S. should have resulted in criminal charges where some of his key personnel would have landed in the slammer where they would have been reading the book "Oops, People of Color Live There".

Posted by: Moley2 | March 3, 2010 2:53 PM

Ronald Reagan should be PAYING us back for all of the damage his administration did to this nation! His picture should be in the Post Office on a WANTED poster.....

Oops...he's already dead!!

Posted by: B767400 | March 3, 2010 3:05 PM

Give Reagan credit for a lot of fuzzy math with his huge budget deficits that greatly increased the national debt. His image can therefore go on the three dollar bill to go along with the reality of his promises of balanced budgets.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | March 3, 2010 3:19 PM

The GOP needs to get over this worship they have for Reagan. What did he do to warrant being put on currency?

Posted by: jckdoors | March 3, 2010 3:27 PM

This is really a no-brainer, there is nobody currently pictured on U.S. currency who isn't vastly superior to Ronald Reagan. Ronald McDonald has done more good for this country.

Posted by: deanschaff | March 3, 2010 3:36 PM

What?! 'Mr. Deficit' on currency? That representative must be loony. Reagan did more to pass current costs onto our grandchildren than anyone other that Bush 1 and 2 did. Will somebody please explain math to the man??

Posted by: commonsense101 | March 3, 2010 3:45 PM

I don't think Reagan deserves to be put on money - especially if it means taking some other person off of the currency. However if we're going to put any recent president on our money how about putting Clinton on the $1? I mean how appropriate would it be for his picture to be on the bill most often stuffed in a stripper's g-string?

Posted by: bill3 | March 3, 2010 5:50 PM

Reagan did help the wealthiest Americans and the corporations pay no taxes at all but for the average American he didn't do anything. Why do Republicans keep insisting that he was some kind of hero?? Grant was a hero, Reagan wasn't.

Posted by: rj2008 | March 3, 2010 5:58 PM

No! The lies and propaganda from Reagan-worshippers have gone too far. The man starting the avalanche that lead to our economic decline. He killed hundreds of thousands of civilians worldwide through Contra-terror wars, and intesified the damage to our environment. Only name things that are appropriate to the failure Reagan: an outhouse, a boarded up building, a toxic dump, a blood bank, a homeless shelter.

Posted by: revbookburn | March 3, 2010 5:59 PM

Not the US $50 bill, but on a new (worthless) Confererate $50 would be quite appropriate!

Posted by: trh123 | March 3, 2010 6:18 PM

Isn't this proposal unnecessarily divisive? Putting a recent President that many did not like on a major currency note?

It'd be no less divisive, incidentally, if someone were to propose putting Clinton or Carter on currency.

And what about the cost involved? Designing and getting this note into circulation would cost tens of millions.

This is a sad blatantly divisive little publicity stunt. It should be called out as such.

Posted by: Hillman1 | March 3, 2010 6:27 PM

Given that the push to put Reagan on the $50 bill is politically driven, we should balance it by putting both Reagan and Johnson on the $50 bill together. The Republicans should have no objection, since they all vigorously support Medicare and Medicaid today, unlike Reagan.

Posted by: sannhet | March 3, 2010 6:32 PM

There used to be a rule that you couldn't do something like this for 25 years after a persons death, violated only once for Kennedy. (a mistake: it unfortunately rid of us the beautiful Ben Franklin half dollar.)

Hey, I liked Reagan, I can think of 3 major policy issues that he was right on but I'm always against putting politicians on coins, yep, politicians on coins. It was said by a famous historian that you can trace the decline of a civilization by who's on the coin. Originally, the US had symbolic figures, Liberty, well a lot of liberty, eagles etc. then, of course, that gets replaced by politicans. Lincoln is iconic, maybe the founding fathers, Ben Franklin deserves to be there, but Roosevelt? Kennedy? Hmmm, only Dems put themselves on coins.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | March 3, 2010 6:40 PM

Grant should be kept on the $ 50 bill. Hardly surprising a representative from the old Confederacy wants to replace the great hero of the Union, who helped the north win the civil war and as president more vigorously protected the rights of African-Americans in the south than any president before Lyndon Johnson.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | March 3, 2010 6:48 PM

Maybe he should go "junk bonds" or derivatives, that would be more appropriate.

Posted by: flw333 | March 3, 2010 8:37 PM

If we are going to change pictures on our paper money, I nominate Franklin D. Roosevelt to replace Alexander Hamilton on the ten. Leave Grant on the fifty!

Posted by: murrayhill31 | March 3, 2010 8:41 PM

reagan did nothing spectacular. he said ketchup was a vegetable. he was just another example of those with power taking advantage of weaker classes

Posted by: icebluekoolaid1 | March 3, 2010 9:09 PM

The three dollar bill would be more appropriate.

Posted by: dlpetersdc | March 3, 2010 9:13 PM

On a $200.00 bill. Yup on a 2 with zeros behind it, is much more appropriate.

Posted by: dottydo | March 3, 2010 9:36 PM

jhtlag1 - you wrote "Hmmm, only Dems put themselves on coins."

I'll grant you that it's not the most widely used coin we mint, but that's Ike looking back at you from the silver dollar. So, other than the founding fathers, we have Lincoln, Grant, and Eisenhower to represent the Republicans and just Kennedy and Roosevelt to represent the Democrats. Hmmm... unfortunate piece of reality there.

Posted by: milo13 | March 3, 2010 10:55 PM

I know that the Ike dollar is no longer minted, but, just saying...

Posted by: milo13 | March 3, 2010 10:57 PM

A more fitting tribute to the Gipper would be to rename Alzheimer's disease to Reagan's disease.

Posted by: rodneythecat | March 3, 2010 10:57 PM

After the mistreatment of air traffic controllers, almost as ironic as naming an airport after him...

Posted by: shlc | March 4, 2010 11:19 AM

How about putting non-politicians on our money? I'd say Albert Einstein or Emily Dickinson are more representative of America's greatness than another dead president. Why not Thomas Edison or Mark Twain?

Posted by: AxelDC | March 4, 2010 1:35 PM

Hey, how about putting Reagan on a billion dollar bill along with Keating and the Keating Five, sitting around grinning over the billions they cost American taxpayers with the savings and loan swindle?

Posted by: HotDem | March 4, 2010 4:38 PM

WTF What next??

They should take th ename off of the AIRPORT as well.

Those of us in the know STILL refer to it as Washington National Airport.

The homeless living on the streets of DC thanks to the policies of the Reagan Erraaa also agree !!

Posted by: ZKATMAMMA | March 4, 2010 5:21 PM

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