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Posted on 05/20/2008 7:56:57 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
US court: Paper money discriminates against blind
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A federal appeals court says paper money discriminates against blind people.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has upheld a ruling that could force the U.S. to redesign its money so blind people can distinguish between values.
Such changes could include making bills different sizes, including raised markings or printing oversized numbers for people who see poorly.
The appeals court ruled 2-1 on Tuesday that the U.S. didn't explain why such changes would be an unreasonable burden, especially since many other countries have done so.
I know a blind woman who can tell the difference in bills simply by touch. Don’t ask me how, but she has no problems at all.
If you pass a law requiring “reasonable accomadation”, you better practice reasonable accomodation. And if you think something would be unreasonable, you better be able to make that case to a judge.
In this case, the government appears to have failed to show how it would be too hard or too unreasonable to make our money easier for blind people.
If they don’t like it, congress can change the law.
What ignorant sluts.
So, I guess the bigger denominations discriminate against poor people?
A major problem with the USA today: we try to measure our success by what "other countries" do...so many, including Supreme Court justices, want us to COPY other nations--a losing proposition for liberty.
So up until this point no blind person in the USA could buy anything with paper money? I highly doubt that.
Besides... there’s always plastic.
We could encode the money so it can be read by a scanner. Then we could take the printing off the bills altogether.
Of course, then couldn’t read the bill to see what it’s value was. But you wouldn’t care right — that woudl be Re Tarded.
Well, they are already putting bigger numbers on the back. Just look at how big the 5 is on recent $5 bills. Maybe as a reasonable accommodation the government could also distribute metal disks as money which can be told apart by their size and edge ridges.
I'm just waiting for an ADA lawsuit against newspapers for discriminating against the blind.
...or the illiterate.
I guess it will all have to be re-printed in braille?
Newspapers, magazines, billboards, pedestrian signals, voting booths etc. discriminate against the blind. I guess its time to redesign the whole country to give everybody that warm-fuzzy feeling.
So, if many other countries have already explained why this would be an unreasonable burden, then it shouldn't be difficult for the U.S. to do so as well.
Should we all blind ourselves to level the proverbial playing field?
Is there someway we can have a class action lawsuit, take the Government to court, prove it’s an unreasonable burden to people, and make it dissolve itself?
You are right: it is Congress’ fault for imposing a slew of Federal “equal opportunity” laws whose scope is potentially unlimited and certainly unfunded. The meaning of “discrimination” has been warped beyond all meaning for a long time now, and ironically so, as far too many people are now unable to discriminate between intelligence and stupidity.
And it was only the sighted people who complained about the dollar coins.. Go figure.
US Law has always taken into account what is going on abroad in other civilised countries. The so called ‘M’Naghten Rules’ by which a defendent can not be held accountable for murder due to insantity was adopted by the US states in the 1840s and is still the standard used in most US states to this day. Look it up. It’s interesting.
Besides, I don’t see what the problem is making different denominations different sizes so the blind can tell them apart more easily. It isn’t going to make any difference to your life, but it would make a blind person’s life a hell of a lot easier and less dependent on other people’s honesty...
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