The Outlaw, Henry Paulson?

According to a federal appeals court, the US Treasury Department has been found in violation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Not familiar with that one? Us either. The act "was originally designed to extend civil rights to disabled individuals and provide them a full opportunity to participate in American society." So what does that mean for the likes of treasure secretary, Henry Paulson?

Judge Judith Rogers wrote in the ruling that Paulson has not met his burden of proving that changing the paper bills would impose an undue burden on the Treasure Dept. "A large majority of other currency systems have accommodated the visually impaired, and the Secretary does not explain why U.S. currency should be any different."

Apparently other currencies, including the Euro, use various means to distinguish one denomination from another, including raised marks (embossing), hot-stamp foils (so hot!), distinguishing colors, and different sized bills. If infomercials have taught us anything, it is that Americans should always adopt the European way of doing anything, especially if the product has the word 'Euro' in the name. In this case, Euro is the name. How could we go wrong?

In all seriousness, this is an interesting topic that is apparently long overdue. Many of us (who are not visually impaired), never think twice about our currency as we sort though various, nearly identical bills. And to think, the Treasury just got done redesigning and reissuing paper currency. Why were these considerations not a part of that roll-out? Why, Henry, why? (Via CNN Money)


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