Friday, November 30, 2012

U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay says men don't like coins in their pockets, so we've kept dollar bills around

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Presidents on bills have always looked down on presidents that merely grace coins.
  • Presidents on bills have always looked down on presidents who merely grace coins.
Congressional auditors have suggested a move from dollar bills to dollar coins, a change that they say could save $4.4 billion over the next three decades. But not everyone is onboard. The Associated Press cites U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay's explanation of how men view the matter. According to Clay, who sits on the House Committee on Financial Services, men don't like carrying around a bunch of coins in their pants and their suits.

As someone who wore Dockers at the age of 12, I can't disagree with anyone who doesn't want pockets full of quarters, nickels and dimes. It's a comfort issue.

On the other hand, without coins in the pockets of my suit, what would I have to give street urchins for my daily paper? As Cee-Lo Green says, How will I ever keep my lady if I don't have enough change in my pocket? Guess what I'm given every time I pay for something with a dollar bill? What if I come across a wishing well or a gumball machine?

Now, had Clay said men don't like coins in their wallets, that's a message I can get behind. I can't tell you how awful it is to try and sit on a quarter that's jammed into the middle of my billfold.

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