Politicians and generals didn’t build this country. Why are they the only ones featured on our currency? James Schneider at Econlog wants to know.
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$1 bill: George Washington. For all of his flaws, Washington was not as mad for power as is the typical politician. That character trait was enormously beneficial to the early American republic.
$2 bill: Henry Ford, for being such a pioneering and innovative producer.
$5 bill: John D. Rockefeller, Sr., for being such a pioneering and innovative producer.
$10 bill: Gustavus Swift, for being such a pioneering and innovative producer.
$20 bill: Norman Borlaug, for saving countless millions of people from starvation.
$50 bill: Sam Walton, for being such a pioneering and innovative retailer.
$100 bill: Benjamin Franklin, for his scientific achievements and his bourgeois wisdom.