Guide to the Government Shutdown
As you may have heard, the federal government began to shut down today. It’s more revolting than we could possibly have imagined, as today’s Daily News cover implies with John Boehner’s shit-stained hands. Among the many things making us angry today are the headlines that describe the situation as one of gridlock, where the two parties just can’t sit down and compromise.
(If you’ve already had your fill of angry rants over the shutdown, feel free to skip the following paragraph.)
Make no mistake: Thousands of people are not receiving paychecks and millions more are without crucial government services because one party, the Republican one, has decided to hold the country hostage because they don’t like the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, an act that passed both houses of Congress, was signed by the president, and was challenged and upheld by the Supreme Court (how’s that for checks and balances?). Just last year, President Obama won an election in which he promised to implement Obamacare over a candidate who promised to repeal it. But Republicans have refused to allow the government to function unless Democrats de-fund or delay Obamacare, and because they won’t do so, Republicans say Democrats are “unwilling to compromise.” It is shameful and absurdly anti-democratic.
But anyway. We do the best we can.
Yesterday, we told you about changes to the MARC train schedule, local offices, that are closed, and the Sixth and I synagogue’s “Shutdown Central.”
Here are some more potentially helpful or fun links to get you through the day:
See, Drink, Eat: A Government Shutdown Roundup (lots of freebies/specials in and around D.C., DCist.com)
The Shutdown Will Turn Off These Six Fountains (and many more) (Washington City Paper)
The 16 Best Government Shutdown Pickup Lines, Courtesy Of Twitter (Huffington Post)
If you still need some steadying after that, remember what Baltimore’s native son David Byrne had to say: