Keep Politicians Off Money

I'm glad that the Treasury Department is moving towards putting someone other than a white man on our paper currency. It's a shame they're changing the $10 bill with Alexander Hamilton's face on it rather than the $20 bill with the portrait of the immensely disliked Andrew Jackson, but I can't complain about the addition of Harriet Tubman. Not only was she a woman and a person of color, but more importantly, she was not a politician.

I'm sick of things being named after politicians across our country. Schools, airports, bridges, courthouses, parks -- the list goes on and on. Where are the buildings and highways named after our great teachers, thinkers, and scientists? Why aren't they represented on our currency?

We're way behind the best of the world on this. Look at who's on the currency of other nations:
Even in a world that uses its paper currency less than ever because of credit cards and e-payments, the roster of people we honor in his manner is long overdue for a change. And don't bring up those dollar coins with Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea -- as I wrote in an essay in 2007, they bombed because Americans don't want more coins in our pockets, we want more bills in our wallets. We're not going to change our minds on that any more than we're going to adopt the metric system.

So it's about time we honor at least one woman by putting her visage on our currency. Now, if only the value of that currency meant the same to her as it does to a man.