Keep The Change – Hamilton Stays On Ten Dollar Bill

Keep The Change – Hamilton Stays On Ten Dollar Bill

Remember last summer, when Treasury Secretary Jack Lew got the SJWs all excited about putting a woman’s face on a bill for the first time? And because the $10 bill was the one due to be updated in 2020, Lew announced that the first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, was going to be removed from his spot in favor of… some woman as yet to be determined.

The campaign was sparked after a 9 year-old girl named Sofia wrote a letter to President Obama last year suggesting it was time to put a woman on a U.S. bill and included a list of possible candidates.

In February, Obama wrote her back, complimenting her impressive group of suggested female candidates and adding, “I must say, you’re pretty impressive too.” And on Wednesday, Sofia received a special call from Rosa Rios, the current treasurer of the United States, who informed her that her wish is becoming a reality.

Not everyone was thrilled with the booting of Hamilton, and pointed out that if someone had to go, perhaps it should be Andrew Jackson instead.

And with a sudden surge in Hamilton popularity (including the musical that currently bears his name), the Treasury Department has quietly changed its mind.

Lew announced last summer that he was considering redesigning the $10 bill to include the portrait of a woman. The decision to make the historic change at the expense of Hamilton drew angry rebukes from fans of the former Treasury Secretary. The pro-Hamilton movement gained steam after the smash success of the hip-hop Broadway musical about his life this year.

Those pressures led Lew to determine that Hamilton should remain on the front of the bill. Instead, a mural-style depiction of the women’s suffrage movement — including images of leaders such as Susan B. Anthony — will be featured on the back of the bill.

A Treasury spokesman declined to comment on the pending changes. But Lew hinted that a decision could come this week.

“When we started this conversation not quite a year ago, it wasn’t clear to me that millions of Americans were going to weigh in with their ideas,” he told CNBC. “We’re not just talking about one bill. We’re talking about the $5, the $10, and the $20. We’re not just talking about one picture on one bill. We’re talking about using the front and the back of the bill to tell an exciting set of stories.”

Along those lines, Lew also plans to announce this week that Andrew Jackson — a less beloved former president whose face graces the front of the $20 bill — will be removed in favor of a female representing the struggle for racial equality, according to the government source.

Of course, those who are eagerly awaiting a woman’s face on a $20 bill will have to wait a little longer. That bill is not due for an update until 2030. And by then, Jack Lew will be long out of the Treasury Department.

So, in other words, this was all a big fuss over absolutely NOTHING. Which is par for the course in the Obama Administration. (Yes, the golf reference is intentional.) Little Sofia is going to have to wait until she is 24 to get what she was promised. By then, she’ll probably be like my 12 year old daughter is right now – she doesn’t care whose face is on the dollar bills. She just wants to have more of them.

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  • […] So Hamilton gets saved.  But in this hyper-sensitive, politically correct culture of ours, one of the old white men responsible for forging the greatest nation on earth had to be sacrificed at the altar of progressive change.  And it’s a shame mainly because the new recipient is a great American named Harriet Tubman.  Of course in our modern age, we can’t just elevate someone, we’ve got to tear someone down in the process. […]

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