In today's Minneapolis Star-tribune, there was this gem:
As a Democrat, I would like to add my support to Rep. John Kline's effort to put President Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill (Star Tribune, Sept. 17). I think we should make them collectors' items and only issue 33,442,554,240 of them.
Why 33.4 billion? Simple; that is the number of $50 bills it would have taken to pay off the $1,672,127,712,041 increase to the national debt that took place while Reagan was president.
Now that's prose. The adoration placed on Reagan has always puzzled me, particularly here in Peoria. The town almost shuts down, CAT almost goes away, economy fizzles, debt grows. In Minnesota, where I'm from, family farm after family farm shuts down in favor of mega (corporate) farms, same in Iowa. I saw it first hand, when my Grandfather, after 40 years of successful capitalism (bolded for Bill Dennis), has to not only sell his farm before he's foreclosed on, but he has to sell his country general store (classic American store: gas, groceries, hardware, tools, etc.) because all the corporate giants (read: rich a-holes) put him out of business.
I thought the Reagan presidency was pretty lame, actually. I just don't get the love. He wasn't the worst, but he sure as hell wasn't deserving of having his name put on airports and money. Now some wackos are talking Mount Rushmore. Gag me with a deficit.