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Wingnut Rep Wants Reagan On $50 Bill

Closet case Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) has submitted legislation removing Ulysses S Grant from the $50 bill and replacing him with Ronald Reagan.
“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.
Pam Spaulding notes that while Rep. McHenry is a blowhard for family values and opposite marriage, he also claimed a homestead exemption in DC for a house he bought with another man. Oh. How. Interesting.

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