Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina had introduced legislation Tuesday that will change the face of the $50 bill from President Ulysses S. Grant to President Ronald Reagan.
"Every generation needs its own heroes," McHenry wrote. "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," but Democratic Representative Brad Sherman of California, who is on the House Financial Services Committee said he is not prepared to allow the legislation to proceed for "someone whose policies are still controversial."
While McHenry points to a survey from 2005 that shows Reagan polling higher then Grant, this is not the first time this issue has come up. Five years ago, Republicans tried to make the change but it eventually died in the House Financial Services Committee.
"Our currency ought to be something that unites us," Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., told the Los Angeles Times.
In my opinion, it appears that Republicans have been on a quest to bring Reagan to the forefront of that national scene, evoking his name whenever the opportunity arises, and regarding changing the face of our currency, I believe this act in particular to be a form of passive advertising, putting a well-known recent Republican in your pocket, as a reminder of conservatism each time you pull out a bill. While seemingly benign, the GOP will use our own currency as a propaganda tool...