US Appeals Court Finds US Currency Discriminatory To Blind

I do not know where to begin

A federal appeals court today upheld a lower ruling that the U.S. currency system discriminates against blind people because bills of different denominations are the same size, shape and color and cannot be easily distinguished by the visually impaired.

In a 2-1 ruling issued this morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the existing currency system violates the federal Rehabilitation Act and ruled that the Treasury Department must find a way to accommodate the needs of the visually impaired.


Well, the dollar isn’t worth shit anymore anyway.  Might as well change it. 

But the appeals panel noted that the cost estimates included applying the changes to all bills, while advocates say that the $1 bill, which accounts for nearly half of all currency printed each year, would not have to change.

*sigh* Forget I said anything. 

Hey, here’s an idea: let’s do away with currency altogether, and everyone will have a federal credit card with which to pay for . . . what?  Too Ayn Rand for you?  Okay. . .

He (Judge Robertson) also said that of more than 170 countries that print paper currency, only the United States prints bills that are identical in size and color regardless of denomination.

Well, yeah.  Have you seen Canadian money?  Weird.  And bills of different sizes? 

Gotta go.  I just had an idea to design new wallets with different sized slots.  I’ll make sure to emboss the denominations in braille on the inside of each sleeve.  Patent Pending . . .

Now, what does a braille $5 look like . . . . . . .

(P.S.  The American Council of the Blind has a website, for those of you with touchscreens.)  *snark*


3 thoughts on “US Appeals Court Finds US Currency Discriminatory To Blind

  1. The government has said such changes would be costly — at least $4.5 million to dramatically increase the size of numerals on bills so they can be read by people with poor vision, and more than $200 million to create bills of different sizes.

    How much did it cost in postage to send out those stimulus check notices? This is government chump change.

  2. This is very uncharacteristic for the DC Circuit.

    They have a reputation for being the obedient pro-state “yes” court. They’ve never met a government agency they didn’t love. They treat the president’s executive orders like Holy Edicts. They have the tendency to interpret the words “separation of powers” to mean members of Congress are above the law. And they also have an interesting reading of “cruel and unusual” punishment in the international context. If it’s merely “cruel” but not “unusual” everywhere worldwide, that means you’re safe to torture away.

    There’s a reason why administrations – both Republican and Democrat – want to have cases against them decided by the DC Circuit. Just like there’s a reason why government lawyers try to avoid going to the 9th Circuit at all costs. Heh.

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