Need to get away? Sorry. National parks are closed. Ditto national zoos. All national museums. And the Smithsonian. And the National Zoo. They’ll still feed the animals, but that’s it. You can’t go. That’s 368 National Park Service sites closed.
People who make money off tourists: Shuttered national parks are bad news for the hotels, restaurants, & other attractions that feed off them.
Panda Cam is down. Nooooooo.
Mars Rover Curiosity. You just discovered water on Mars. Woo! But nobody’s going to be there to read your data. So you’re down. And on NASA’s birthday.
Federal government employees? How many are fuloughed? 800,000 to 1 million, out of 2.1 million total.
Surely this will save us money. Rght? No, it costs big. Remember that the next time you hear a Republican talk about fiscal responsibility. A government estimate after the shutdown in 1995-96 estimated its cost at $1.4 billion. Stock market fell 3.7% in 1995-96.
Not E-Verify … But, isn’t it important to Republicans to be able to find out if workers are actual legal ‘Muricans? Yeah, but it’s shut now.
It’s peak forest fire time in the west. But hundreds of US Forest Service workers are furloughed and not watching.
Sick people: The NIH will not admit new patients unless ordered by the director.
Factory workers: OSHA will halt regular inspections.
Want a new small business loan? Too bad.
New gun permits. Try to live with longer waiting period.
Civil War battlefields? Nope.
Does your grandfather want to see the WWII Memorial before he dies? National Park Service will have to block visitors and turn off fountains.
Stay the hell off the water. Coast Guard cutting back on routine patrols & navigation assistance.
Getting audited? IRS will suspend those right now.
Stuff that doesn’t stop:
The federal government’s health exchanges opened at midnight, at the exact moment the Republicans shut down just about everything else.
Also: ‘Critical service’ folks like air traffic controllers, hazardous waste handlers report to work, mail delivery, 911 calls, Social Security checks (but they might not be on time, and you can’t apply for benefitsPan), active duty military get paid (but 400,000 DOD employees that support them go on unpaid vacations.), meat inspectors (whew), unemployment checks (also may be late),