I’m not sure what I think about this proposal to take Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Andrew Jackson and so on off the currency and put Bill Gates, Donald Trump and the Koch brothers on there instead. Certainly there’s merit to the idea.
Old Ben Franklin would probably find the knowledge people are rolling up his picture snorting coke and meth through him unsettling. Building him a karmic load he didn’t pay for.
There are certainly more currently recognizable people guilty of all Andrew Jackson did, one-upped him in a hundred different ways. But Jackson might be said to have set the pace and nailed down the precedents, earned his place on those bills. Even though the people handing them over to supermarket clerks to pay for dog food mostly don’t who he was, nor what he did.
A series of bills reflecting their actual value in the world marketplace after the national debt is subtracted might be a good idea. $1 bills with a minus $1 Million across the bottom. A picture of the last couple of presidents on each side.
All in all I think I’d prefer the government to issue a piece of currency molded in the shape of a straw for people to snort their coke and meth through. If it’s got to have a picture on it, use the first chimpanzee to get launched into space. Or Ronald Reagan for starting the War on Drugs. Building the need for a lot more of those bills to be printed.
Or any of the legion of celebrities who’ve overdosed on the stuff and become immortal.