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.)

Post By

Michael Shaw
See other posts by Michael here.

The Big Picture

Follow us on Instagram (@readingthepictures) and Twitter (@readingthepix), and


A curated collection of pieces related to our most-popular subject matter.


Comments Powered by Disqus