Make no mistake folks, this so-called “shutdown” is impacting real people. I get that. Several friends of mine are sitting at home rather than working. However, even they have to admit that the impact on their life is somewhat temporary, even if the government didn’t pay them for the time they are sitting at home.
Unfortunately, this shutdown has set a new low for rationality from alleged adults.
Much ado has made about the Republican Party’s refusal thus far to pass a “clean” continuing resolution. Some have even talked about how the Senate already has, and all the House has to do is vote on it. Of course, since funding measures must start in the House, a Senate originated CR would be illegal.
While there are valid complaints regarding the Republicans, they’re not alone.
For example, let’s take a look at this friendly picture.
This is taken from NASA.gov, NASA’s official website. I was clued into this being there this past weekend when someone on Facebook mentioned that they tried to access the site to help their child with a school report. Not being one to take someone’s word for this, I looked myself and captured this. NASA.gov redirects this notice. This same notice shows up at Data.gov, a popular source for information about the United States government. Even the Amber Alert website is down!
However, the EPA’s website, doesn’t have any such notice. Neither does Ready.gov, run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Defense.gov is also clear.