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May 9, 2008

Low Stimulus


In an effort to literally get out in front on the stimulus rebate, Cheney poses with the Director of the Philadelphia Regional Financial Center in Philadelphia.  Between this shot, and the other White House pic of Cheney (sans glasses, seeming to scrutinize a stimulus check), the whole exercise feels really depressing.

Because the economic picture — including galloping food and gasoline prices, mortgage foreclosures, and the like — doesn’t typically lend itself to vivid news imagery, it’s something we’re all feeling now without much chance to address it here.  This cavernous warehouse of rebate checks, however, seems to do a good job of conceptualizing the gloom.

Besides the endless monotony of battleship grey (sort of a monochromatic reminder of how much money the war on terror has siphoned off), all that empty shelving, and floor space without a worker in sight, seems to not just telegraph fewer shoppers in stores, but a lot fewer workers.

(image: David Bohrer/White House.  Philadelphia. May 8, 2008.

  • Weisseharre

    “If you don’t see what you want, just ask for it.”

  • Mad_nVT

    Is this a photo of Cheney rallying his supporters?

  • black dog barking

    The center will print 12 million checks this month for disbursement to U.S. citizens as part of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008. (caption)
    This image certainly captures the faceless and dehumanizing qualities of Big Government and the outsourcing MBA Presidency. Apparently the fight ‘em over there so we don’t have to fight ‘em here strategy is something less than a success, a victim of unintended consequences — shipping ~$10 billion a month to Iraq and blowing it up eventually causes damage and pain at home. No one could have predicted that. Still, there’s no problem a tax cut doesn’t fix.
    This industrial-like financial factory carries overtones of Vonnegut’s Player Piano as well as The Matrix — the rows of identical information stores showing the physical organization supporting the social structure, our shared dream broken into millions of $600 pieces of paper.
    Last one out please turn off the lights.

  • cenoxo

    Racks and racks of bread, fresh out of the oven.

  • itwasntme

    It looks like a morgue…

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