Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What does the U.S. government do?

Well, that's one of the benefits of it shutting down. We can get a good feel for what the government does and how it affects our lives. Unfortunately or not, some parts of the federal government will not shut down. The government has determined what is essential and what is not. The military will continue to carry out drone attacks, homeland security will still target the unsuspecting, and we may rest assured that all foreign menaces will remain less threatening than deer or household furniture.

There will be a lot of federal employees free to leave work today, but vacation plans may have to be modified as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and other spots will be closed. Pennsylvania is open, however, and lovely this time of year.

There really is no need for a news post here other than to guide you to the Washington Post's excellent article of Absolutely everything you need to know about how the government shutdown will work.

I would recommend keeping notes or a journal to record how you are personally affected by the greatest country on earth closing its doors. How is your life changed? From various articles and news reports thus far it appears that the biggest consequence of the shut down is that the National Zoo's Panda Cam goes dark. I'm not kidding.

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