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Should Ronald Reagan’s face be on the $50 bill?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on March 4, 2010

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Photo of Merrie Villirillo

“Sure, why not?”

Photo of Fernando Alvarez

“No, I think we should leave grant on there.”

Photo of Brent Berry

“Oh hell no, he didn’t do our country right.”

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“I think it’s too soon.”

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RoeDapple 4 years, 4 months ago

Nah, but if they want a former actor I pick John Wayne...

http://s1.hubimg.com/u/2002604_f520.jpg

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Boston_Corbett 4 years, 4 months ago

Nah. I'm thinking more like a Walter Sobchak.

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LogicMan 4 years, 4 months ago

Isn't Jackson already on it?

The dollar coin would be more suitable.

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Nikki May 4 years, 4 months ago

No. And actually Brent Berry stole my answer.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 4 months ago

Let's wait until 100 years have passed since someone's death before they appear on currency or stamps. Give history time to sort itself out a bit.

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CLARKKENT 4 years, 4 months ago

heck no, this financial trouble we are going through, started during his administration.

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 4 months ago

Not Ronnie, but his horse "tonto" would be good/.

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 4 months ago

Not Ronnie, but his horse "tonto" would be good/.

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 4 months ago

Not Ronnie, but his horse "tonto" would be good/.

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 4 months ago

Not Ronnie, but his horse "tonto" would be good/.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 4 months ago

I say no, but we should still remove Grant. Put Washington on the $50, and then put a leering Bill Clinton on all the singles. For the strippers.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

bwahahahahahahahahhahahahahahah!! breath bwahahahahahahahahahaha!!

why not put his pictures on packets of ketchup, since that was his vegetable of choice for us school kids back then.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

"I'm not politically affiliated, but I feel he was one of the best Presidents since Truman. " oh my, spacehog..... i'm not going to go so far as to say you lost points w/ me but i will say that you have to do something especially clever or zany to make up for saying something that whack.

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bearded_gnome 4 years, 4 months ago

oh man, I can feel the pink rising on that comment already!!!


actually financial mess started under Carter and the community reinvestment act.


Reagan, a truly great president. freed a billion or so souls from soviet tyrany.

replace Grant? do we forget that Grant sorta won the civil war?

no, I say create a brand new denomination.
$75 bill Reagan's face on it.

now, who's on the $2 bill, anyone?

I like the leering Bill Clinton instead of GWashington on the $1.

have to take Clinton off of the $3 bill though to prevent confuion.

and finally: what bill gets Mr. Obama's face? promisary note?

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beatrice 4 years, 4 months ago

Go for it. Who ever said that once someone is selected they have to remain there forever and ever, amen. Mix it up. I mean, we already have Barbara Bush on the one dollar bill, so why not Reagan on a fitty.

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puddleglum 4 years, 4 months ago

reagan on a fifty? sure-as long as Clinton is on the hundred.

reagan and W. printed toilet paper-where can I get some of that?

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KS 4 years, 4 months ago

CLARKKENT - The mess we are in now started post WWII. Everyone wanted a home, then a car and a garage to put it in. Not a bad idea, but then came credit cards and instant gratification, and as they say, the rest is history. We learned from the best about spending outside our means. Our teacher is the Federal Government and they are still doing it. You and I and our kids and grandkids and their grandkids and their grandkids will have to pay the freaking bill.

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LogicMan 4 years, 4 months ago

"now, who's on the $2 bill, anyone?"

Jefferson.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

LOL @ the kwik shop joke... keep em coming, darling... you haven't yet made ammends w/ me. just keep me laughing. ;)

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jonas_opines 4 years, 4 months ago

The Joker said that he wanted His face on the $1 bill. That would be pretty cool.

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gccs14r 4 years, 4 months ago

Not only shouldn't Reagan be on the 50, they should take his name off of Washington National Airport. Reagan didn't have anything to do with the collapse of the Soviet Union (thank Carter and the East Germans for that), but he did reverse the Carter-era debt-reduction plan and fuel economy initiatives and put us on the road to ecological and financial ruin.

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yourworstnightmare 4 years, 4 months ago

Reagan's picture should go on IOUs to China, Japan, and European countries that supplied the money for the deficit spending that Reagan was so fond of.

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boltzmann 4 years, 4 months ago

This is sort of a pet peeve of mine - why is it that we always have to put dead presidents or politicians on our money. Why not scientists, inventors, artists or other non-political notables? They have as much or more to do with American culture and defining who we are than politicians. Why not Edison, Louis (Louis or Neil) Armstrong, Mark Twain or Faukner? It always impresses me when I go to many other countries and see how they honor the people who contributed to their culture on the money. Not that the people on the money currently have not contributed, but politics alone does not define the US. Before the boring Euro notes with their fake bridges, Austria had Mozart and Schrödinger, Germany had Gauss and Schumann (Clara). England still has Darwin on the 10 £ note and used to have Newton on the 5£ note.

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ferrislives 4 years, 4 months ago

snap_pop_no_crackle (anonymous) says...

"Let's wait until 100 years have passed since someone's death before they appear on currency or stamps. Give history time to sort itself out a bit."

I like that suggestion snap. I'm wondering why it's not already part of the government's policy regarding currency.

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Kat Christian 4 years, 4 months ago

OH HE)) NO. Put him on a stamp if you have to put him on something but don't change our money pics. Leave as they are. How ridiculous.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

bob, sounds like you are down w/ the whole new world order thing.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

yep. i know the conspiracy theories... NWO.... illuminati.... how the masons tie into it. i've heard it all. wonder if any of its true?

(thank goodness i stocked up on green beans while they were on sale at dillons!)

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jaywalker 4 years, 4 months ago

Sweet cheese and rice, BABBOY, can't you find a fifth grader to write your posts in the future? They'd have to be an improvement over that display of grammatic deficiency.

To the question: Nah.

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Kirk Larson 4 years, 4 months ago

Carter, looking to the future, put solar panels on the White House. Reagan, beholden to the oil companies, took them down. I say put Carter on a bill before Ronnie Raygun.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

"Screw Reagan and the jerk offs that like him."

........ i think i'm in love........ swoons

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Mary Sucha 4 years, 4 months ago

During Reagan's 8 years he added more to the national debt that during the previous 200 years of our republic.

I would put his face on one of the T-bills our government has to sell every month to finance our debt.

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garyr 4 years, 4 months ago

I think I'd rather see a picture of a turd on the 50.00 bill than Reagan's mug.

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Danimal 4 years, 4 months ago

Sure, love him or hate him, Reagen was unarguably a better President than Grant. I would rather see T.R. or one of the founders on money before Reagen. Maybe Jackson should get promoted to the $50 since he is the only President in American history to get the national debt down to $0 during his time in office.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

"Bill Self on a fifty."

there ya go.

and, mult, i think there is an LJW space-time continuum as well. i thought it was all in my head (well, there IS alot of space in there...) but since you mentioned it too......

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conservativepunker 4 years, 4 months ago

By God, no. Leave General Grant on there. The country could very possibly not be what it is if it weren't for him, and his coolheadedness after what that moron McClellan did to screw up the war....

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

true, punker... grant was a great general. a horrible president but he is remembered moreso for the former instead of the latter.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

i vote for sideshow bob on the fifty.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

ret, you still owe me $5.00. calling yourself an atheist all of the sudden ain't gonna change that.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 4 months ago

"goldwater (anonymous) says... During Reagan's 8 years he added more to the national debt that during the previous 200 years of our republic. " Dear Leader has beaten that record in 14 months. You must really be cheesed off at him.

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Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 4 years, 4 months ago

They should put Ron Jr. on a $3 bill.

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somedude20 4 years, 4 months ago

I would rather have The Hamburglar represent America on her currency than that jagaloon Reagan!

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lindseydoyle 4 years, 4 months ago

Only if you put some puppet strings on him and a picture of the Federal Reserve on the back.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

OMG, somedude! you truly did have me LOL over here w/ that last post! that was a classic! applause

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jonas_opines 4 years, 4 months ago

Surely there's a middle ground between saying that Reagan was fully or mostly responsible for toppling the USSR and saying that he had nothing to do with it.

I mean, we're all reasonable people herahahahahahaha hahahahahahahcoughcoughcough.

. . . yeah

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SLOPOKE 4 years, 4 months ago

Why sure they should, our money's is worthless, why not put Homer Simpson on our $100.00 Bill too.......

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a_flock_of_jayhawks 4 years, 4 months ago

Bonzo the ninja chimp (Ron's better half) should be on the fiddy. It would be a warning to all enemies that we have ninja chimps / trunk monkeys and will use them and accomplish the obligatory nod to those who deify St. Ron.

Ooops, did I let the 'R' word slip? My bad.

Our money may be worthless, but we have monkeys that will throw caca at you if you mess wid us.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

thanks, py! you put me in the same league as heavy hitters like bea and jonas! woot woot! :)

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

mount rushmore was created by a card carrying member of the klan who i really could care less whose on that big piece of rock.

spacehog, you must rub my feet now.

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gccs14r 4 years, 4 months ago

"Ronnie was a pretty good human being;..."

Yes, especially when he testified against Americans for their political beliefs.

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a_flock_of_jayhawks 4 years, 4 months ago

spacehog (anonymous) says...

"What are you people smoking? I'd love to try some. BABBOY, you're wrong and right. Reagan did win the cold the cold war, and he also "did" free everyone form soviet tyranny. Here's how: 1. He outspent the hell out of the USSR."

Ehhh, not so fast. Regardless of who was prez, it was only a matter of time when a nation that spends >25% of its GDP on defense, especially a closed economy, would collapse on its own weight. Credit to RR, though, for keeping the pressure up and playing an important role, but it didn't start with him (see Truman's containment policy). The extent of the soviet military threat was overestimated (I served during the cold war and under Reagan).

Trickle down economics didn't work. Reagan presided over the gutting of college financial aid and, despite being in an era of austerity, how did that serve America for the better? He, by way of Col. North, circumvented Congress to provide funding to the Contras.

That said, I will grant that he was one of the better Presidents we've had. Not worthy of bein on the fiddy, at least not this soon.

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HW 4 years, 4 months ago

Spacehog -

I don't know about Condie, but Dana Perino was smoking.

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HW 4 years, 4 months ago

Spacehog -

Condie did have hot legs though.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 4 months ago

"I never did understand the type of ally the USSR was in WWII."

I think that would be "the unfortunately necessary" type. Wouldn't have one that war without them.

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mapboy 4 years, 4 months ago

Grant and Jackson need to be removed from American currency. Grant is universally acknowledged as one of the worst presidents in American history because he hired his own friends and cronies to run the government. He was elected to two terms even though he was a failure in his first term. The spoils system ran amok during his presidency . Sounds a lot like the terms of Reagan and W to me. Jackson was personally responsible for the deaths of thousands of Native Americans. Why not put Martin Luther King on the $20 bill? This seems like a no-brainer to me. For the $50, let's put TR on it to satisfy people who think that wartime leaders are the only people worthy of placing on currency. The thing is, TR was so much more than a war-monger. He was personally responsible for making sure the conservation movement stayed alive in the early 20th century and laid the groundwork for the modern-day environmental movement.

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Mary Sucha 4 years, 4 months ago

snap_pop_no_crackle (anonymous) says... "Dear Leader has beaten that record in 14 months. You must really be cheesed off at him. "

If in 4 years the deficit isn't significantly less, Obama should and will be held accountable.

Reagan is the one that brought us "voodoo economics" and "tax cuts pay for themselves" , and so here we are with a debt of $11 trillion compared to less than $1 trillion when saint Ronnie became president. Remember his campaign, cut taxes 30%, increase spending and balance the budget. Most neocons like you must still believe that BS.

Maybe Ronnies picture should be on the $3 bill.

Your boy "W" handed Obama a $1.2 trillion dollar debt on January 20, 2009. I'm sure you remember the Bush stimulus in Feb. 2008 of $150 billion and the $700 billion bailout of his rich wall street buddies in Oct. 2008, all on top of his normal overspending and off budget war expenses of $700 billion, or was all that Clinton's fault?

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

TR was cool... well, cool as far as old time presidents go.

let's put fredrick douglas on currency. i'm all for MLK too but we can put someone else of color... crazy horse or harriet tubman on currency as well.

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SpunKey 4 years, 4 months ago

Nobody mentioned JFK?! One of only three presidents who were killed during their term as president. To me, his face is associated with promise, vision and hope - things we need to stay focused on even more in hard times!

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jayhawklawrence 4 years, 4 months ago

In my opinion Reagan had a common sense understanding of American values and history that most Americans loved and appreciated. He inspired us just as Roosevelt inspired Americans during WWII. He was a wonderful and beloved communicator of American values.

I disagree with Michael Moore that Reagan was just a salesman for hire. I think that is very unfair.

The greatest thing about Reagan as President was that he understood Communism and understood how evil it is and how intellectuals are deceived by it's ideology. He made a very expensive investment in our military and stood up against it. We are very lucky to have had Reagan as our President. I don't expect a lot of young people to be able to appreciate.

It has always been the intellectual elite that is seduced by communism and secular Utopian ideologies.

Unfortunately, one man cannot run the government and he listened to bad advice from people that were supposed to be experts. After running up the deficit, Congress forgot that we had to pay for it. Tip O'Neil sounded a lot like the Republicans sound today.

The modern Republican party has exploited the memory of Ronald Reagan for their own purposes and this is another opportunity for a cheap politician to exploit the man.

Despite his shortcomings, I will always love Ronald Reagan. He should be remembered but not on a 50 dollar bill.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 4 months ago

"Nobody mentioned JFK?! One of only three presidents who were killed during their term as president." Close, but no cigar. Lincoln, 1865 Garfield, 1881 McKinley, 1901 Kennedy, 1963

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

plus john f. kennedy was already on currency. the 50 cent piece.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 4 months ago

"I never did understand the type of ally the USSR was in WWII." The type that killed a great heap of German soldiers, in other words, the good kind.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 4 months ago

obama has really good pores. in a picture that large, i don't see any blemishes.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 4 months ago

Funny how? Funny lika clown? Do I amuuse you?

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gccs14r 4 years, 4 months ago

"A reference to a wikipedia entry as serious history?"

It serves the purpose of giving you an overview of what happened. I could have done additional searching to come up with non-Wikipedia sites, but what's on the page jives with what I've seen in documentary film and what I've been told by both historians and German scholars.

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Rainydaze49 4 years, 4 months ago

Sure! And while we're at it, lets think of other morons to put on other dollar bills.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 4 months ago

"while we're at it, lets think of other morons to put on other dollar bills."

Ooh! Ooh! Can I be on the Twenty?

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MyName 4 years, 4 months ago

Wait, is this real money or Monopoly money? 'Cause personally I think you should leave Monopoly the way it is...

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denak 4 years, 4 months ago

No, absolutely not. Whether or not Grant deserves the honor of being on the $50 bill is debateable but I definitely do not want Reagan. Yes, Reagan did some good things but he also supported state terrorism in Central America and deliberately undercut democratic movements in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala.

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denak 4 years, 4 months ago

No, absolutely not. Whether or not Grant deserves the honor of being on the $50 bill is debateable but I definitely do not want Reagan. Yes, Reagan did some good things but he also supported state terrorism in Central America and deliberately undercut democratic movements in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala.

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denak 4 years, 4 months ago

No, absolutely not. Whether or not Grant deserves the honor of being on the $50 bill is debateable but I definitely do not want Reagan. Yes, Reagan did some good things but he also supported state terrorism in Central America and deliberately undercut democratic movements in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala.

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jumpin_catfish 4 years, 4 months ago

He could replace Andrew Jackson on the $20

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puddleglum 4 years, 4 months ago

snap_pop_no_crackle (anonymous) says...

"goldwater (anonymous) says... During Reagan's 8 years he added more to the national debt that during the previous 200 years of our republic. " Dear Leader has beaten that record in 14 months. You must really be cheesed off at him.

totally false. try again.

your boy w. wrecked the record...now that is true.

snap_pop_no_crackle (anonymous) says...

"I never did understand the type of ally the USSR was in WWII." The type that killed a great heap of German soldiers, in other words, the good kind. obviously neither one of you understands anything about it. but interestingly, so in other words, you are a commie after all, no wonder you use fox-phrases such as "dear leader"..... you should love Obama.

back to topic: Reagan didn't do anything to the cold war. he was president when Gorby pulled the plug. that's it. everyone else in the world attributes the end of the cold war to Gorby. He was the one to throw in the cards.

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bearded_gnome 4 years, 4 months ago

No one wants to here about your Reagan fetish and you feeling your pink rising!!!

multi, I thought for sure the ref to putting a certain disappearededded one on the $50 wouldn't last ten minutes! its still there...there are miracles.

and yes its true, Mr. Obama's debt dwarfs all debt accumulated previously in total. . China is playing funny with our paper already. bond rating threatened...all didn't happen under GWB/Reagan.

and just why do you think Gorby threw in the towel, well SDI was one important part.

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SpeedRacer 4 years, 4 months ago

I think if it were to be changed it should be William Henry Harrison (second oldest president) who had the decency to limit the length of his term to 32 days.

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yankeevet 4 years, 4 months ago

I nominate Snideley Whiplash...............

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headdoctor 4 years, 4 months ago

autie (anonymous) says… Scratch the Sherron Collins idea. My new idea is to put Marion Sydney Lynn on the fifty dollar bill.


You mean something like this.

http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/9408/georgecopy1.jpg

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grammaddy 4 years, 4 months ago

I'm with Autie, either Marion or Sherron. Or maybe both, one on the back and the other on the front.

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bblbfolks 4 years, 4 months ago

I don't think that he should be on the $50. It would be too confusing. Make a new denomination for him. The $30 bill or the $12 bill. It's just too soon, in my opinion. And for the people blasting Reagan, saying that the ecconomy tanking is HIS fault, that it all started in his administration? Guess what? I think it started about 4 or 5 decades before he took office. Yeah, there were some boom years in there, but hte national debt just kept climbing with the military industrial complex (of which my entire family, including myself, was a part of). It just ain't cheap knocking out an Axis of evil, and the majority of the Communist Block.

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jimmyjms 4 years, 4 months ago

"actually financial mess started under Carter and the community reinvestment act."

Kinda like the current financial mess was started by...George W. Bush?


"Reagan, a truly great president. freed a billion or so souls from soviet tyrany."

Uh huh, that's exactly how that happened. sigh

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JustNoticed 4 years, 4 months ago

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DB Ashton 4 years, 4 months ago

Excellent idea. Make it the $50, but worth only $26.99.

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