First, a lot of people have been asking me about the effect of the shutdown is on basic services that they enjoy from the Federal government. Here's a link to a good article in the Washington Post, a Q&A covering the basics.
Neither Party's Leaders Give an Inch on First Day of Shutdown
-- Washington Post
So . . . a productive day, then. 😐
Lawmakers Play Shut Down Blame Game
-- The New York Times
Always important to establish whose fault a problem is before you solve the problem. 😑
Pink-Clad Multitude Gathers Downtown for 2nd Annual Dallas Women's March
-- The Dallas Morning News
"Shutdown? What shutdown? There's a shutdown? Of what? God, I hope they haven't closed down Southfork. I haven't been there yet, even though I've lived here almost 20 years." (But, you know, well done, ladies, on trumping the national news.)
Thousands Flock Downtown For Women's March: 'We Have to Keep Standing Up'
-- Chicago Sun Times
The Central Time Zone is feminist.
Head of Popular Girl Band Leads N. Korean Team to S. Korea
-- The Houston Chronicle
Never mind. 🏂
Why Does Congress Still Get Paychecks During a Shutdown? It's in the Constitution.
-- The Washington Times
Photo Shows 'Ivy League Killer' Pretending to Crush Friend's Skull
-- New York Post
On a lighter note . . . . 😬
So, there you have it. Nothing happened in Congress today. They want to point fingers at each other, but sincerely, they should circle up because, from my perspective, all side deserve a helping of recrimination pie. Their central job is to fund the government. If they can't figure out how to work together to do that, then, well . . . that's not good for our country. Not just bad for the Republicans or bad for the Democrats. Bad for Americans. Because a Congress that cannot even work together to accomplish its central function is a sick body. And this is the body that governs us. Fingers crossed that tomorrow will be filled with something other than a multibillion dollar game of "I know you are, but what am I?" Ladies and gentlemen of the United States Congress, I'm not interested in whose fault it is. I am interested in how you fix it. So do that thing.