Joel Stein: Seal of Approval

The government shutdown helps those who help sign off on wine labels

Illustration by Tomasz Walenta for TIME; Getty Images

The shutdown has proved that America can get by without a federal government but not without our billionaires and celebrities. John Arnold donated $10 million to Head Start. The late Zachary Fisher's charity is sending death benefits to military families whose checks are delayed. Stephen Colbert wedded a couple whose ceremony at the Jefferson Memorial was canceled. And (a celebrity insofar as it has more Twitter followers than Tom Cruise) replaced the National Zoo's panda cam by pointing a webcam at a stuffed animal sitting near the writers' cubicles and, I'm guessing, paying it the same amount.


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