Not that I would completely know what to do, but I know where I would start: putting new faces on the bills and coins. Not that there’s anything wrong with some of them, but Jackson? There is so much wrong with having him on a bill, I don’t even know where to begin.
So here is my updated currency thing, and why I’m either keeping them, or replacing them and why the other person deserves it more. If they are in bold, they are being kept, strikethrough is the not kept, and italics is replacement.
$1 - George Washington is an easy choice, and definitely deserves to be honored on a bill. Not only leading a revolution against what was, at the time, and up until the United States became a force to be reckoned with after WWII, the largest and most powerful fighting force in human history: the British Empire. He then helped draft the Constitution, and then served the unenviable task of setting the standard for what Presidents should do for the now longest lasting democracy in human history, FOR TWO TERMS. George Washington founded our great nation, and his face should be the one on one of the most common bills.
$2 - Thomas Jefferson is a much, much, harder choice. In fact, this is the hardest pick for me to keep his bill. He argued against centralized government, meaning he did not want a national bank. HOWEVER, Thomas Jefferson was also one of our founding fathers, and the author of the Declaration of Independence. He also managed to double the size of our country, and manage a pseudo-war with France. His mastery at foreign policy, his expansion of our country, and being one of the top presidents we’ve had (not the top three for those who just thought of Washington, Lincoln, and FDR, but he’s pretty good) earn him a right to be on a bill that, frankly, isn’t circulated much anymore (I would also circulate $2 bills more, but whatever. I’m also bringing back some bills due to inflation, so yeah…)
$5 - Abraham Lincoln is a shoe-in for a bill. While very little economically got done (in fact, he could probably be blamed for an economic downturn in the South), he was one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, presidents we have ever had. He faced a gridlocked Congress, with not two parties, but FOUR parties, including his own fractured Republican party (which, nowadays, would have been the Democratic party. Look up his platform, Republicans…), and half of the nation up in arms against the other. He had ineffectual generals, and had to keep the country together. He ended slavery. There isn’t much more to say. That by itself earns you a bill.
$10 - Alexander Hamilton is someone I don’t think many people understand why he is on a bill, or even know who he was. So, background: he was a founding father who was absolutely brilliant, and was instrumental in founding a federal government. He also was the one who actually started the national bank. Without Hamilton, there wouldn’t have been a discussion of who’s face is on what bill. His policies eventually cost him his life (he got shot in a duel), but they shaped capitalism for years to come. He earns his spot on the $10.
Andrew Jackson Franklin Delano Roosevelt is a much better choice than Andrew Jackson. Who in the world decided, “you know, Andrew Jackson, the mass murderer of Indians who basically said ‘fuck you’ to the Supreme Court and tried to DESTROY THE BANK should be honored by said bank with one of the most popular bills around”? Whoever that person was, they should be declared not eligible for the death penalty by the Supreme Court, and then Jackson should just shoot them anyway. Jackson was a jackass, and I can say that because that’s why Democrats are pictured as donkeys. He personally ordered the trail of tears (I bet he called it Order 66 (haha Star Wars reference)), he declared war on the national bank, caused an economic panic (read great depression), and was, in my opinion, the WORST president in history.
In contrast, FDR was one of the best presidents in history, and is considered up there for his ECONOMIC policies. He saved the banks from going bankrupt, saved our nation from the Great Depression, not only won WWII (with some help from the USSR) but made the US the most powerful force in human history AND was the only president to serve four terms, because he was THAT good. I don’t know how he doesn’t have a bill, but he doesn’t, and because of that, I would replace Jackson with FDR.
Ulysses S. Grant William McKinley is a better choice if you wanna honor someone post-Lincoln in the 1800s. Grant was a great general, but as a president, his presidency was riddled with corruption, and he caused an economic panic. Not a great president to honor for a banking system. McKinley advocated the gold standards, instituted tariffs at a time when America’s businesses probably needed them, and won the Spanish-American War. He was probably the best post-Reconstruction 1800s president, and he can take the $50.
$100 - Benjamin Franklin I keep here with hesitation, because while he didn’t do anything with the bank, he was a great politician, a great diplomat, and a great scientists. Scientists don’t often get honored, and I think it’s great that someone decided to have a scientist honored on a bill. So I give Ben his bill.
$500 - Woodrow Wilson’s face would adorn the reinstated $500 dollar bill that would be back due to inflation. Wilson is often remembered for his role in winning World War I, but he also had progressive economic policies, supported unions, established the reserve and helped keep the economy afloat with bods. Wilson deserves a bill, and this way he gets one.
$1000 - Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman would both grace the 1000 bill. Women have been honored before on money ($1 coin, for instance), but I feel as though they just picked a random woman from US History and just stuck her there. Sacagawea, as important as she is and not taking anything away from her, was not as impactful as these two ladies were. These two women both tirelessly worked to end slavery and promote women’s rights. Harriet Tubman risked her life trying to free slaves. These women deserve to be honored, and for that, they go on the $1000.
1c - Abraham Lincoln, for reasons listed above.
Thomas Jefferson Theodore Roosevelt would grace the new nickel instead of TJ. He was a progressive anti-trust president who ended the era of corruption and gridlock in Washington. He ended corporate America’s hold on the middle class, and led progressive reform. Teddy Roosevelt earns this spot. TJ was a good president, but he was anti-bank, and that makes him lose his face’s spot on the nickel.
10c - FDR, for reasons listed above.
25c - George Washington, for reasons listed above. Although I would make a normal back for the first time since Clinton…..
John Kennedy James Madison is a much better person to grace a coin than Kennedy. Often, if a person dies in office they seem to be a much greater president than they were. Kennedy was ambitious, but did not get much accomplished economicwise. James Madison drafted the Constitution, won the War of 1812 against the still greatest military force of the world Britain, and managed to keep a quite stable economy before Jackson mucked it all up. While he doesn’t quite fit in with the group of the greats, he still deserves recognition, and for that, he gets the now reinstated 50c.
$1 coin -
Sacagewea The Statue of Liberty, just because I feel like they put Sacagawea on there just to honor women, and as the reasons I explained above, there are much better choices to honor women in history. However, the Statue of Liberty embodies the spirit of America, and I think it should grace a coin. Anyway…
Just a note: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama will most likely be judged as great economic presidents. Bill Clinton overcame a deficit, and oversaw a great period of peace and prosperity, very comparable to Theodore Roosevelt. Barack Obama fought through a gridlocked and partisan Washington, overcame the Great Recession, ended the War in Iraq and Afghanishtan, and still has more to come. Both are highly economic presidents that could probably grace a federal reserve note someday. If I had to put them on now… Clinton on the $100, Obama on the $1 coin.
Just finding space to be such a beautiful and mysterious and wonderful place. So expect some more gifs from space.
Also, who knew that the sun was actually white? I don’t mean that it sends white light; I mean it’s actually white and appears yellow because of our atmosphere. Photos of the sun are dyed yellow to appear normal to most of us. I feel lied to by NASA.
If I ever see any of you in public, the code is “I like your shoelaces”
that way we know we’re from tumblr without revealing anything
I’m just going to say this to strangers until i find a tumblr person
must keep reblogering!! Im going to be so suspicious if any one tells me this now!
Remember the answer is: I stole them from the president.
THIS POST IS EVEN BETTER NOW BECAUSE I’VE ACTUALLY HAD THIS INTERACTION
Must not blog like a twelve year old girl. Not anything against twelve year olds, or girls, but I really could care less about Harry Styles.