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I can't afford to buy my own politician so I am writing this slogan.

You know things are messed up when librarians start protesting.

There seems to be some grey area about whether it is legal to write on American dollar bills with something like a permanent, fine-tipped, Micron pen.

But according to wiki answers, it's not illegal "unless you're making (the bills) "unfit for recirculation' and, according to Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code, this is defined as "mutilating, cutting, disfiguring, perforating, uniting or cementing together, or doing anything else to a bank bill with the intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued.' So, if you're only writing (a message) in neat lettering along one edge of the bill, you're certainly not making it "unfit for recirculation!' "

The permanent marker is mightier than the sword.

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Wiki Answers "Is it illegal to write on money" http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_it_illegal_to_write_on_money Accessed Dec 30, 2011.

The Legal Information Institute at Cornell, notes the following:

TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 25 > - 475

- 475. IMITATING OBLIGATIONS OR SECURITIES; ADVERTISEMENTS

Whoever designs, engraves, prints, makes, or executes, or utters, issues, distributes, circulates, or uses any business or professional card, notice, placard, circular, handbill, or advertisement in the likeness or similitude of any obligation or security of the United States issued under or authorized by any Act of Congress or writes, prints, or otherwise impresses upon or attaches to any such instrument, obligation, or security, or any coin of the United States, any business or professional card, notice, or advertisement, or any notice or advertisement whatever, shall be fined under this title. Nothing in this section applies to evidence of postage payment approved by the United States Postal Service. http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/18/475.html

Accessed Dec 30, 2011.

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Love this, Meryl Ann!  Great, usable advice j... by Lise Stoessel on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 8:57:12 AM
It's so easy - and makes it possible to even conne... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 10:44:26 AM
    I think I will try to think up ... by Theresa Paulfranz on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 9:20:56 AM
But it would take a long time to write on every do... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 12:32:56 PM
Thanks for the idea :-)... by Theresa Paulfranz on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 1:15:21 PM
I bet your slogan will evolve, and you will probab... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 2:28:00 PM
Meryl you are such a girl, to occupy our money we ... by Patrick McGean on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 6:18:23 PM
Keep the faith! ;-)... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 9:07:54 PM
I love it. Great idea Meryl Ann... by tim mcghie on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 8:07:05 PM
I hope you are writing on dollar bills as we speak... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 9:09:20 PM
Happy New Year!... by Linda Milazzo on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 1:45:41 PM
Happy New Year back! ;-)... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 2:18:53 PM