| A silly change
Too many politicians have either forgotten United States history
or never knew it. The issue of forgotten history applies to
all of the political spectrum. Many politicians don’t
know our country’s history.
Several years ago, a newly elected member of Congress was talking
about how things would change with the new party majority. Of all
the essential work needed to be accomplished, this young man concentrated
on the U.S. monetary system. He decided that changing the nickel
was the most important item on his agenda. He didn’t like
the fact that President Jefferson was looking left. So, he was going
to work to change that, and it happened. On the changed Jefferson
nickel, he is looking to the right.
Because this young man and many of his colleagues didn’t
know or remember or care about President Thomas Jefferson’s
history, so much taxpayer money was wasted. Jefferson was the president
who opened up much of the Western North American continent with
the Louisiana Purchase.
Now for a refresher for those who don’t know or don’t
remember: when looking at a map, the west is on the left side of
the map. Because President Jefferson was credited with opening the
West, his image was made to look left toward the West from Washington,
D.C. The changed nickel has Jefferson looking away from the West.
It looks as if it was recognized how silly this change was because
the nickel was quickly changed again. On the current nickel, Jefferson
is still posed with his body to the right; however, his face is
looking out of the coin.
Minted from 1938 to 2004
Minted in 2005
Started minting in 2006
It probably was time to retire the nickel design from 1938, but
the silly reason it was changed cost many taxpayers' dollars. I
think of all the time and money spent on committee meetings and
tooling up machinery to stamp out new coins. Then, only a short
time later, more time and money were spent to change the design
People running for national office should know more about United
States history before making decisions to make silly and costly
changes that wastes taxpayers' money for no good reason.