Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Judicial Activisim, Money unfair to Blind

In yet another in a long history of things being declared unfair, our paper money is now unfair to blind people. Previous unfair rulings have given us Braille instructions on the Drive Through ATM.

The government discriminates against blind people by printing money that all looks and feels the same, a federal judge said Tuesday in a ruling that could change the face of American currency.
U.S. District Judge James Robertson ordered the Treasury Department to come up with ways for the blind to tell bills apart. He said he wouldn't tell officials how to fix the problem, but he ordered them to begin working on it.


Ok, how much money is this going to cost the Taxpayers? The ability to read the money by touch?

In court documents, government attorneys said changing the way money feels would be expensive. Cost estimates ranged from $75 million in equipment upgrades and $9 million annual expenses for punching holes in bills to $178 million in one-time charges and $50 million annual expenses for printing bills of varying sizes.

Where do I sign up to offer an ideal to help the blind tell what denomination they are holding? Give them nothing but $1 bills, and there should be no confusion right? Mine companies used to pay their employees only in $2 bills so the local communities would know how much money the mine employees were bringing in, and thus appreciate the miners and mine company more.

Any change to the dollar's design could ripple into the vending machine industry, which participated in discussions regarding previous redesigns. The American Council of the Blind is not seeking changes to the $1 bill, according to court documents.

Hot Air has a good thread going on this one.

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