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Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Is that Reagan in your pocket?
From ABC News: "By 54 percent to 36 percent, most people oppose replacing Alexander Hamilton's portrait on the $10 bill with Reagan's. And 59 percent oppose another proposal, ousting Franklin D. Roosevelt from the dime to make way for Reagan.

The sawbuck switch is favored by the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project, whose president, Grover Norquist, notes that Hamilton, a founding father and the first treasury secretary, has held the spot since 1928, and wasn't a president to boot. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority whip, has said he'll lead the charge for the change.

Support for putting Reagan on the dime has about doubled, albeit just to 31 percent, compared with a Gallup poll late last year. That's likely due to a swell of affection prompted by Reagan's death, as well as by the fact that Gallup asked when he was still alive. Putting a living person's image on U.S. currency is legal, but it's never been done. George Washington knocked down the idea as smacking of a monarchy.

The 10-cent plan lost currency when Nancy Reagan opposed it last December."
Posted at 5:27 PM by John.

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