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Just Say No to Purple Five-Dollar Bills
Poe.com ^ | April 2, 2008 | Richard Lawrence Poe

Posted on 04/02/2008 7:42:28 PM PDT by Richard Poe

by Richard Lawrence Poe
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
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HAVE YOU seen the new five-dollar bill? It looks like someone spilled grape juice on it. A violet stain obscures Abraham Lincoln's face. On the back, an oversized numeral five appears in purple. Enough is enough. We must stop the desecration of our currency.

The U.S. Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and Printing claims it is making our banknotes "safer, smarter and more secure". They say the violet stain on Lincoln's face adds "complexity", rendering counterfeiting more difficult. The big purple five on the back supposedly helps vision-impaired people count their change.

Hogwash! These goals could be achieved through less drastic means. There is no need to turn our banknotes into Monopoly money.

U.S. currency already features watermarks, microprinting, embedded fluorescent security threads, color-shifting ink and fine-line printing patterns -- subtle security measures requiring little change in the dollar's design. For the visually impaired, high-contrast features could be added in a tasteful manner, without resorting to garish, phosphorescent hues.

The fact is, we are being hoodwinked. The redesign of our currency has nothing to do with fighting counterfeiters or helping people with weak eyesight. It has everything to do with catering to the perverse canons of postmodernist art. The U.S. Treasury has allowed a cabal of avant-garde designers to pull off one of the most audacious practical jokes in art history; the "subversion" and "deconstruction" of the U.S. dollar. We the taxpayers must demand an end to this cultural vandalism.

More than 2,300 years ago, Aristotle opined that art should be wondrous and beautiful. It should instruct and elevate the masses, he said, giving pleasure and catharsis or emotional release.

Today's hipster intellectuals reject Aristotle. Instead, they embrace a philosophy called "poststructuralism", "postmodernism" or just plain PoMo. For PoMo's apostles, art is a weapon of revolution. Its purpose is to mock, degrade and undermine the cherished beliefs of Western civilization. PoMo theorists call this process "deconstruction" or "subversion".

Photographer Andres Serrano famously deconstructed Christianity in 1989 by snapping a picture of a crucifix submerged in Serrano's own urine. In 1999, the Brooklyn Museum showcased an image of the Virgin Mary which artist Chris Ofili had splattered with elephant dung.

Meanwhile PoMo designers have been doing to national currencies what Serrano and Ofili did to Christianity. Their first target was the Dutch guilder.

From 1964 to 1985, graphic artist Ootje Oxenaar redesigned the entire series of Dutch guilder notes on commission from the Nederlandsche Bank. Oxenaar began the project by studying banknotes from many countries. He found them all "very muddy in color". Oxenaar later told the PBS series Nova:

"The only banknotes that really inspired me, in fact, was play money, like the Monopoly money, and that is what I think is necessary for banknotes too."
Accordingly, Oxenaar designed the new guilders to look like play money. He sprang other tricks on the Dutch taxpayer as well. Oxenaar told a British design magazine:
"On the 1000 guilder note, it became a sport for me to put things in the notes that nobody wanted there. I was very proud to have my fingerprint in this note - and it's my middle finger!"
The 100-guilder note formerly portrayed Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, a Dutch national hero who defeated French and British fleets in the 17th century. Oxenaar replaced Admiral de Ruyter with an image of a long-billed wading bird common in the Netherlands. "I changed our war criminal -- the grand admiral -- to a snipe", he later quipped.

Oxenaar's radical approach met resistance at first. But over time, he recalls, "there developed a circle of friends who believed in it... a circle of believers." Our new five-dollar bill suggests that some U.S. Treasury designers may have joined Oxenaar's circle.

For 67 years, no major design changes affronted the dollar's dignity. Then the transformation began. The $100 bill was redesigned in 1996; the $50 in 1997 and 2004; the $20 in 1998 and 2003; the $10 in 2000 and 2006; and the $5 in 2000 and 2008. With each mutation, our magnificent greenbacks have been devolving, by slow but steady increments, into play money.

The $100 bill is now undergoing its second redesign in 12 years. U.S. Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral recently told a group of grade-school students, "The bill is still a secret, and I can't tell you what it looks like. It will be very colorful, though!"

Since we taxpayers are footing the bill, secrecy seems inappropriate. The U.S. Treasury needs to tell us now where these redesigns are heading.

Richard Lawrence Poe Richard Lawrence Poe is a contributing editor to Newsmax, an award-winning journalist and a New York Times bestselling author. His latest book is The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Siezed Control of the Democratic Party, co-written with David Horowitz.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: currency; greenbacks; money
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1 posted on 04/02/2008 7:42:29 PM PDT by Richard Poe
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To: Richard Poe

maybe a ploy to usher in new found support for the amero


2 posted on 04/02/2008 7:45:22 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Richard Poe

Looks like “funny money.” Actually, quite appropriate under the present circumstances.


3 posted on 04/02/2008 7:46:01 PM PDT by penowa
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To: Richard Poe

you must have alot of extra time to create so many fancy links


4 posted on 04/02/2008 7:46:43 PM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: Richard Poe

It must be the gay bill. The IsukEuro.


5 posted on 04/02/2008 7:46:52 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Not liking my choices in this election!)
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To: Richard Poe

You clearly have too much time on your hands. Get a hobby or call Eliot Spitzer and get some telephone numbers for a few of his “companions”


6 posted on 04/02/2008 7:48:05 PM PDT by centurion316 (Democrats - Supporting Al Qaida Worldwide)
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To: Richard Poe

What’s the problem... it *is* play money. Art imitates life.


7 posted on 04/02/2008 7:48:09 PM PDT by Ezekiel
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To: Richard Poe

The government is printing money at a breakneck pace. Who cares if a couple counterfeiters do the same? Be like Uncle Sam and fire up those printers!


8 posted on 04/02/2008 7:48:22 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: Richard Poe

Probably a supporter of one of K-State’s sports rivals (or Northwestern’s rivals).

Purple $5’s are popular here in Manhattan, KS, and probably in Evanston, IL as well.


9 posted on 04/02/2008 7:49:48 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Richard Poe

Barney Bucks


10 posted on 04/02/2008 7:51:02 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: Richard Poe

Someone needs to chill out. I’ve seen the new $5 bill and it doesn’t look that bad. You should see some of the currencies is use around the world.

It make sense to use different sizes and colors for different bills. It makes it a lot easier for people to handle them in a hurry, helps prevent counterfeiting, and makes it a lot less likely you are going to hand someone the wrong bill when you’re drunk.

The author of this thing needs to step away from the straight vodka, stop worrying about the purity of his natural bodily fluids, and get a grip.


11 posted on 04/02/2008 7:52:08 PM PDT by Ronin (Bushed out!!! Another tragic victim of BDS.)
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To: al baby
Barney Bucks

Barney is as queer as a new five dollar bill.

12 posted on 04/02/2008 7:54:11 PM PDT by vox_freedom (John 16:2 yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God)
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To: Richard Poe
I want something as fancy as Mexican money. I love the clear plastic "windows" in their paper money and the use of two metals in their coins.

Why are American dollars so butt ugly?

13 posted on 04/02/2008 7:54:37 PM PDT by Hunble
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My God, what would they have said if it were red instead of purple?


14 posted on 04/02/2008 7:55:38 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am not from Vermont. I lived there for four years and that was enough.)
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To: Richard Poe

15 posted on 04/02/2008 7:56:25 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Richard Poe

Until a $5 dollar bill buys more than a gallon of fuel, a gallon of milk, or a pack of cigarettes, I don’t give a crap what it looks like.


16 posted on 04/02/2008 7:56:55 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: Richard Poe
We've had purple $10 bills for decades in Canada. And blue $5 bills, green $20s, etc. Wouldn't have it any other way.
17 posted on 04/02/2008 7:56:58 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Ronin
I’ve seen the new $5 bill and it doesn’t look that bad. You should see some of the currencies is use around the world.

So you want US currency to look like other countries funny money?

18 posted on 04/02/2008 7:57:32 PM PDT by vox_freedom (John 16:2 yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God)
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To: Richard Poe

I wont one ...


19 posted on 04/02/2008 7:58:03 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Buy a Mac ...)
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To: Richard Poe

My question is: when they dump all these new bills into circulation do they remove an equal number of old bills? If not then doesn’t that cause inflation?


20 posted on 04/02/2008 7:58:11 PM PDT by FReepaholic (Me no bottom man. Me top man.)
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To: Ronin

HEY...........what’s wrong with Vodka? I may not want to step away from it. May fall a little bit but I don’t have to step away.


21 posted on 04/02/2008 7:58:36 PM PDT by RC2
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To: elkfersupper

Uh, a fiver does buy more than all that.


22 posted on 04/02/2008 7:59:15 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?)
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To: Richard Poe
Knowing the ideology of some Gov. employees it could possible be in honor of the Gay Purple TeleTubie.
23 posted on 04/02/2008 7:59:28 PM PDT by WesternPacific (I am tired of voting for the lesser of two evils!)
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To: mamelukesabre
Uh, a fiver does buy more than all that.

I have no use for pennies as change.

24 posted on 04/02/2008 8:00:24 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: Richard Poe

Please send all of your purple $5s to me!


25 posted on 04/02/2008 8:01:05 PM PDT by i_dont_chat (Your choice if you take offense.)
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To: Richard Poe

It oughta pay for a lap dance in the San Francisco Castro district!


26 posted on 04/02/2008 8:01:26 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("I am like...Dude......do you really....like want the Sex?")
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To: elkfersupper

Yep, the $5 bill is the same as the $1 bill from just a few years ago. Change is all but worthless now.


27 posted on 04/02/2008 8:02:04 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Ronin

You are posting to the author. Maybe you need to step away from the vodka.

BTW, I hate the new money.


28 posted on 04/02/2008 8:02:45 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?)
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To: elkfersupper

Yeah right. You really suck at math don’t you? Either that or you shop at the wrong places.


29 posted on 04/02/2008 8:03:56 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?)
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To: mamelukesabre
You really suck at math don’t you?

I just paid $4.08 for a gallon of diesel fuel.

You really suck at reality, don't you?

30 posted on 04/02/2008 8:07:24 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: vox_freedom

Since the Euro, the Canadian dollar and the Yen (among other currencies) are increasing in value while the USD is decreasing, calling them “funny money” amounts to throwing stones in a glass house.


31 posted on 04/02/2008 8:10:16 PM PDT by Ronin (Bushed out!!! Another tragic victim of BDS.)
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To: Richard Poe

I don’t understand why anyone would want to counterfeit a five dollar bill in the first place. Talk about a lousy profit margin.

It’s my understanding that hundreds are the most often faked, followed by twenties.


32 posted on 04/02/2008 8:10:25 PM PDT by rock_lobsta (Operation Chaos!)
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To: Richard Poe
Another one of those "tasteful" arguments.

These things are difficult to deal with ~ no matter what argument you might make the other side is going to say it's "not sufficiently tasteful" anyway.

So, why bother. Just skip straight to the insult ~ the writer is a Philistine. He has inferior taste. Blech!!!!!

33 posted on 04/02/2008 8:11:06 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Richard Poe

Same as cash, which is just as good as money!


34 posted on 04/02/2008 8:12:16 PM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Richard Poe

Spending a lot of money to make our currency less subject to counterfeit. I read somewhere that the first counterfeit twenties to be discovered were identified only because they turned up the day before the issue date for the official ones.


35 posted on 04/02/2008 8:13:27 PM PDT by arthurus
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To: i_dont_chat

Replace the five dollar paper note with a five dollar silver coin. A $5 silver coin a tad thinner than the present penny would now be worth about $2 in silver.


36 posted on 04/02/2008 8:13:55 PM PDT by Dagny&Hank
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To: Richard Poe
You spent so much time putting in links that you posted this a day late.
37 posted on 04/02/2008 8:14:34 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Rattenschadenfreude: joy at a Democrat's pain, especially Hillary's pain caused by Obama.)
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To: Blue Highway
"maybe a ploy to usher in new found support for the amero"

Good point, because one has to ask, why now?

38 posted on 04/02/2008 8:14:37 PM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not 'free'.)
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To: arthurus
There are counterfeits and there are "successful" counterfeits ~ two quite difference pieces of business.

Ordinarily counterfeits are easily caught due to the many security features now included in our money. "Successful" counterfeits are quite rare since those security features are so difficult to copy.

39 posted on 04/02/2008 8:14:49 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: blam; null and void

I like the look of it. I like purple. (plum)


40 posted on 04/02/2008 8:17:02 PM PDT by DeLaine
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To: muawiyah

I have wondered if the continual altering of US notes is because of North Korea. I think NK’s primary export for some time has been US$100 notes.


41 posted on 04/02/2008 8:17:10 PM PDT by arthurus
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To: Richard Poe

Is this the plan? They’ll keep changing the appearance of money, gradually making “In God we trust” smaller with each new look, until among all the variations it gradually disappears completely and no one will notice.


42 posted on 04/02/2008 8:19:02 PM PDT by baa39 ('Whoever spares the bad injures the good.' - Syrus)
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To: Richard Poe
Well, I want to spend some time reading through the material in these links. This stuff is the foundation on which leftist thought is built. Too many conservatives dismiss the leftists as naive misguided idealists. We need to understand that they have a long term plan, and it has nothing good for us.
43 posted on 04/02/2008 8:19:10 PM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: centurion316

Maybe the people with too much time on their hands are U.S. Treasury employees paid with our tax dollars. Sounds like a freakin’ art colony going on there.


44 posted on 04/02/2008 8:20:49 PM PDT by baa39 ('Whoever spares the bad injures the good.' - Syrus)
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To: arthurus
The changes in American money are driven by the high resolution digital camera and the color laser printer.

It's not so much that good counterfeits can be made; rather, it's that so many hundreds of thousands of otherwise honest people can make counterfeits that are easily passed to the unwary.

45 posted on 04/02/2008 8:22:54 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Richard Poe

You are a day late.


46 posted on 04/02/2008 8:23:22 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Ronin

It looks fine to me too...but I’m color-blind. I will never understand the panic/fear that purple seems to generate in people.


47 posted on 04/02/2008 8:23:56 PM PDT by gdc314
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To: muawiyah
Ordinarily counterfeits are easily caught due to the many security features now included in our money. "Successful" counterfeits are quite rare since those security features are so difficult to copy.

A "successful" counterfeit is anything that the crook manages to unload without it being traced back to him. It doesn't matter if the money is detected as soon as his victim takes it to the bank if, by that point, the crook is long gone.

By that standard, U.S. currency has some problems based on the fact that a decent printer could produce a fake that would withstand a quarter-second glance, which is all some money is apt to get in some transactions. In some venues where lots of cash gets passed around (certain swap meets, etc.) it wouldn't be hard to find a vendor who doesn't look too closely at cash; even if one is caught, if one has bought and sold enough merchandise before using the funny money, one would have plausible deniability (e.g. one could claim that one must have been given the fake note by someone else--one would be out the value of the note, but could likely dodge prosecution).

IMHO, currency should include some reflective or iridescent features that are visually obvious from any angle. I have no idea if the new currency does anything like that.

48 posted on 04/02/2008 8:26:25 PM PDT by supercat
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To: baa39

No doubt. Its all a sinister plot Mandrake - they are all planning to steal our vital essence. I, for one, am ready for them Mandrake.


49 posted on 04/02/2008 8:27:23 PM PDT by centurion316 (Democrats - Supporting Al Qaida Worldwide)
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To: elkfersupper

No. I pay 3.18 for a gallon of gas. I think. Maybe 3.28.

But even so, your change is a bit more than pennies.

You can buy two gallons of milk for 5 bucks.

I have no idea what a pack of cigs cost and I don’t really care.


50 posted on 04/02/2008 8:28:29 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?)
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