My nominee for the $10 bill

The Treasury Department has announced that a woman will be featured on the new $10 bill:

On Wednesday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said a woman will be featured on a redesigned $10 bill in 2020 — the 100th anniversary of the Constitution’s 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

It seems more than appropriate to put a woman’s face on our currency.  Heck, all of our currency should have a woman’s face on it.  After all, government spending took off once women were allowed to vote:

Even after accounting for a range of other factors — such as industrialization, urbanization, education and income — the impact of granting of women’s suffrage on per-capita state government expenditures and revenue was startling. Per capita state government spending after accounting for inflation had been flat or falling during the 10 years before women began voting. But state governments started expanding the first year after women voted and continued growing until within 11 years real per capita spending had more than doubled. The increase in government spending and revenue started immediately after women started voting.

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Women’s suffrage also explains much of the federal government’s growth from the 1920s to the 1960s. In the 45 years after the adoption of suffrage, as women’s voting rates gradually increased until finally reaching the same level as men’s, the size of state and federal governments expanded as women became an increasingly important part of the electorate.

But I digress.  The current portrait featured on the $10 bill is that of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers and the man who designed the monetary system for the new country.

Hamilton 1

Hamilton 2

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The good news, dear citizen, is that YOU can help choose who the woman on the $10 bill will be!

Lew, who will make the final decision on who will grace the currency, is asking the public for help.

The department will launch a website, and is asking for input over social media with the hashtag #TheNew10.

What’s his criteria? Lew wants the next generation of U.S. currency to underscore the theme of American democracy. The portrait must also — by law — be of someone who is no longer living.

Hamilton, who was the nation’s first treasury secretary, has been on the $10 bill since 1929. He replaced Andrew Jackson, who was the seventh president.

Don’t worry about poor Alex.  Unlike his predecessor, he’s not getting taken off the bill.  No, he’s just getting a live-in girlfriend roommate.

Lew said Hamilton will also be a part of the new design. He said it’s up for discussion whether Hamilton will appear alongside a woman or be the centerpiece of one version of the new bill.

The only real question is who to choose to be Hamilton’s live-in girlfriend on the bill.  Hillary is out, since she is still living (I think).  So are Bruce Caitlyn Jenner and Kim Kardashian (thank God!!!).  Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea already had their faces put on coins, with less than stellar results.  Amelia Earhardt would have been one of the favorites, except for that whole “crashing her plane in the middle of nowhere and dying” thing.

Hmm.  It has to be a woman who is no longer living.  For good measure, the woman should be a minority as well because RACIST!!! if she isn’t.  Some names that have been talked about are Eleanor Roosevelt (to get the marrying-your-cousin vote), Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks.

Honestly, there’s only one true candidate in my mind.  She’s done a lot for America, both white, black, and other.  Millions of Americans grew up with her in their lives.  Everyone loves her.  After all, she is family:

Aunt Jemima 2

So there you have it.  Don’t forget to vote early and vote often!

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