Reagan to boot Hamilton off the ten-spot?The canonization process of the late president Ronald Reagan is in full swing. Now, some high ranking lawmakers are considering putting Reagan's picture of the 10 dollar bill and ejecting Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, who was the first Treasury Secretary.
Although, this proposition is not quite as absurd as one Ohio lawmaker's campaign to have Reagan added to Mount Rushmore.
This isn't very surprising. A few years ago, the Republican Congress renamed Peace Corps headquarters after Paul Coverdell, who was a competent Peace Corps director for two years. Advocacy groups opposed the idea saying the the PC HQ shouldn't be named after anyone. Others contended that the more logical choice would be Sargent Shriver, the first Peace Corps director who took it from its first confused days into an organization with multipartisan respect. (Or even Loret Miller Ruppe who was Reagan's Peace Corps chief and breathed new life into the agency.) Opponents also pointed out that the World Wise Schools program (which links American classrooms to foreign classes with Peace Corps teachers) was already named after Coverdell because he instituted it. They advanced the fairly undebatable assertion that either Shriver or Ruppe had far more influence on the organization than Coverdell. But Coverdell was a Republican Senator and Shriver is a Kennedy.
They shouldn't put Reagan's picture on the $10 bill. They should put it on government bonds, since his administration created more federal debt than any in history.