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Demote Andrew Jackson. Put Alexander Hamilton on the $20

An uncut sheet of the redesigned $10 bill

An uncut sheet of the redesigned $10 bill is seen after a news conference to commemorate the first day of circulation of the new notes at the National Archives March 2, 2006 in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wong

The furor over the new $10 bill has not subsided since Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said in June that a woman would grace the bill when the redesign is released in 2020, the centennial of women achieving the right to vote.

Mostly, the controversy is over the fact that she, whoever she is, would replace Alexander Hamilton -- the first treasury secretary, one of our greatest founding fathers, and perhaps the most important economic policymaker in our history.

Lew later backtracked, saying he'd like to somehow keep Hamilton on the $10, with a woman. Here's a better idea more respectful to both: Put a woman on the $10 bill, move Hamilton to the $20, and say goodbye to Indian killer and central bank opponent Andrew Jackson. And when the $20 is redesigned, which should come soon, we can celebrate Hamilton anew.


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