Wonder what you would find if you frisked the latest legislation proposed by U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC)?
Answer: He wants President Ronald Reagan’s face on the $50 bill.
FOX News reports:
Ronald Reagan’s conservative legacy has been the topic of debate for much of the last two decades. Now a Republican lawmaker is arguing that that legacy should be honored by putting Reagan’s face on the $50 bill.
Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina introduced legislation Tuesday that would replace President Ulysses S. Grant on the $50 bill with Reagan’s likeness.
“Every generation needs its own heroes,” McHenry said in a written statement. “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.”
FDR’s likeness in on the dime and Kennedy’s is on the half-dollar.
McHenry pointed to a polls of presidential scholars that show Reagan consistently outranks President Grant, including a Wall Street Journal survey in 2005 that ranked Reagan sixth and Grant 29th.
But one Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee said he’s not ready to grant that honor to “someone whose policies are still controversial.”
“Our currency ought to be something that unites us,” Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., told the Los Angeles Times.
This isn’t the first time Republicans have tried to put Reagan on the $50 bill. In 2005, when Republicans controlled Congress, the attempt died in the House Financial Services Committee.
Oh boy… I think if President Reagan made his way on to the $50 bill, it would drive liberals completely insane… Let’s do it!
In all seriousness, I am indifferent about putting President Reagan’s face on our $50 bill. It’s hard to pick a side because on one end of the argument you have President Ulysses S. Grant who helped us (the north) win the Civil War and on the other end you have John F. Kennedy’s face on the half-dollar who didn’t really accomplish much at all. Overall, President Reagan should have his face on some type of currency… $50 bill or something else.