If the federal government shuts down, House Speaker John Boehner may wake up to a mess. Literally.
A pair of Washington, D.C., residents have started a page called “If Boehner shuts down the government I am taking my trash to his house.”
The organizers are calling for members of the public to meet Saturday morning to dump their garbage in front of Boehner’s Washington home. The Ohio Republican lives in a basement apartment on Capitol Hill. The organizers did not list the address, but instead asked attendees to meet at a D.C. Metro Station.
“Speaker John Boehner is ready to shut down the government, including D.C. city services like trash collection,” the organizers write.
“Well, if he won't allow us to use OUR TAX DOLLARS to pick it up, maybe we should just BRING IT TO HIM.”
By Friday at noon, 3,187 people said they would attend – although it wasn’t clear how many of them were serious about showing up.
The organizers, identified as Jonah Goodman and Nolan Treadway, say their action isn’t so much about the federal government but D.C. rights.
“You may know that Washington, D.C., residents pay taxes but have no voting representation in our Congress. What you may not realize though is that that body also has oversight and control over our city's budget and how we spend our local tax dollars,” they write.
“Many people are mistaking this for a protest over Congress not passing a budget. This isn't about that, but is a result of that. “
Some Facebook users posted enthusiastic comments. Others questioned why the organizers were focusing their anger on Boehner and not at any Democrats.
“Why not take the trash to Pelosi and Reid’s house? They owned the congress for two years?” wrote Martin Klowski.
Others just thought the planned protest was a bad idea.
“Childish, immature, unnecessary, and just downright rude. Let me know when you guys decide to grow up,” wrote a poster identified as Ryan Debonaire Libbert.
“So this is the way to solve all the nation's problems!” wrote another.
It wasn’t clear whether the organizers were affiliated with any larger group. Nolan’s personal Facebook profile wasn’t public. On his personal page, Goodman describes himself as a fan of “The Colbert Report,” “The Daily Show” and “How I Met Your Mother.”
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