What Would George Do?
A loyal reader from Britain sends along a redesigned U.S. dollar bill to reflect the state of the economy:
Our reader didn’t know the provenance of this artwork, but considering that the Treasury secretary’s signature on the bill belongs to the late Lloyd Bentsen, I’d have to guess that this doctored bill is a remnant from a bygone economic mess, not the current one.
Out of curiosity, I pulled the dollar bills out of my wallet to see whose signatures they held. I happened to have five singles, four of which had John Snow‘s signature (Series 2003), and only one of which had Henry Paulson‘s. I was surprised to see so many bills that had lasted so long, for the life expectancy of a single is apparently only 18 months.
All of this did make me wonder: if a Bentsen-era bill shows George Washington in a state of high anxiety, what would a Paulson-era bill have George doing? Your suggestions are welcome.