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October 19, 2013

Sunday Stills #1: Here’s What You Can Do With Your Shutdown

I totally missed this photo until I came across it in Lighbox’s Pictures of the Week gallery a week ago. With conservatives precluding the ability of the government to pay its bills, raining down benjamins was a way of mocking that leverage — along with its paternalism. Putting money visibly into the legislator’s hands is also a direct repudiation of the tactical aim of choking the government. Of course, it’s also a reminder that the role of the Congress, in spite of the the moral grandstanding around budget cutting, ultimately involves appropriation.

(photo: Mark Wilson—Getty Images caption: Oct. 9, 2013. A U.S. Capitol Police officer picks up money that was thrown on the floor by activists protesting against the government shutdown at the Hart Senate Office building, in Washington, DC.)

  • GeorgeMokray

    Benjamins are $100 bills. These are all singles, what you put in the g-string of a stripper.

  • Gasho

    I didn’t hear about this when it happened, but I think it’s brilliant. Throwing handfuls of dollars at politicians in public can’t help but create an interesting and telling visual because what can they do? Pick up the money?? No. Walk over it and ignore money lying on the floor? Who does that and what would that say?

    And GeorgeMokray, no protestor type I know can rain down the Benjamins. I’m surprised they could muster the $100 in $1’s.

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