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I’m used to hearing people say, “It’s all about the Benjamins,” referring to someone who has sold their principles for money. A Benjamin refers to $100 bills, which have the face of Benjamin Franklin.
So we refer to politicians who support positions we don’t like as having taken money to align with the lobbyists or the donor with a lot of Benjamins. Of course, these days we have documentary evidence drawn from campaign finance records.
But what do you call a bill worth $1,000? Does it even exist?
It did, but not any more. I asked my friend teacher-blogger Arthur Goldstein the question, and he found this article.
The $1,000 bill had the face of Grover Cleveland. I assume it was discontinued in 1969 because of the ubiquity of checks and credit cards. There just wasn’t much need or demand for the $1,000 bill. Meanwhile, my ATM spits out Benjamins.
So, next time a politician sells out, say, “It’s all about the Grovers.”
Unfortunately, no one will know what you are talking about.