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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Gail Collins, "Tubman Versus Jackson": Why Not Pictures of Hillary and Bill?

In her latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Tubman Versus Jackson," Gail Collins discusses the replacement of Andrew Jackson's image on the US $20 bill with that of Harriet Tubman. Collins writes:

"The message here is that what goes on our money has an impact. 'It’s a reflection of the values in this country,' said Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. As part of the current debate about putting a woman on one of the bills, she’s introduced legislation that would require the secretary of the Treasury to convene 'a panel of citizens' to discuss the whole portrait issue.

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'Getting our hands on the money is equally important,' said Senator Shaheen mildly. But, really, we can go for both."

My suggestion? Create a new $20 bill with images of Hillary and Bill Clinton, which alternate, depending upon how the Bill is held (Monica Lewinsky can offer advice). Hard to counterfeit? Absolutely! It will also serve to illustrate how women and men, motivated by power and working in tandem, can go for the money.

1 comment:

  1. The real test will be if the Democrats ever stop having annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinners. Pesky dead white male slave-owners.

    That is why they are trying to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20.

    Imagine if Margaret Sanger had won the online contest instead of Tubman...

    My choice was Harry Truman...last President who did not go to college.