So the government is closed. Those of you who are glibly announcing that we are seeing no difference might want to talk to the 700,000 plus government personnel in Washington who aren't getting paid,and while they are furloughed may never recover that loss of pay. Maybe you should talk to all the businesses who have no customers because national parks, monuments, museums, and other tourist attractions are now closed. Maybe you should talk to the non-military support personnel who are being sent home without pay. Maybe you should talk to the parents whose children are finding their Head Start facility closed today. Maybe you should talk to the people at the Center for Disease Control who is no longer tracking disease outbreaks. Maybe you should talk to the people in business waiting for their quarterly IRS reports and refunds to be processed that aren't getting it processed. Maybe you should talk to workers at NASA who were sent home without pay because the agency is maintaining a skeleton crew only for astronauts on the space station.
It's not a joke. This is serious, and it is time to quit playing politics and govern.