There’s always been the great divide between “Washington” and “D.C.” People who come to work in Washington, are discouraged to engage in D.C. People who come to D.C., want to do more than just take a walk across the National Mall and barhop with Hill staffers. While the politicians spin, students in D.C. are expected to show up to class, baristas are still at their stations, public libraries are open, historic houses, private small and large galleries are still hosting tours, local restaurants still have their regulars popping in. When Washington shuts down, D.C. stays open.
Visiting DC, check out:
Washington Post Going Out Gurus
Pink Line Project (arts guide)
The New York Daily News has built its reputation for the crass punchiness of its headlines. And this may be one of their future classics.
Last night we watched the government shut down happen on cable news like the ball dropping in Times Square on New Years eve as the minutes and seconds ticked down. Damn! I said that before seeing this:
[When will the clock run out on 24 hour cable news?]
Many federal government websites have gone dark or posted messages that they are off line. Here’s a screen shot of the National Endowment for the Arts website:
Government shut downs have no artistic or entertainment value for the people directly hit. See which agencies are open on this link from the Washington Post. Mail is being delivered. DC’s mayor Vincent Gray is using surplus monites to keep all local government agencies open on the basis that all are essential Today feels like Saturday in the nation’s capital. Traffic’s lightened up. Bars, Restaurants, and private cultural institutions are offering “shut down” specials. The AFL-CIO has put together The Federal Worker’s Guide to Shutdown DC. Eater DC is including updates. You may want to leave the New York Daily News cover home before you step out for a libation.
All-in-all this is a rather stupid situation. And needs no further explanation than that. The Affordable Health Care Act marketplace site is open for business. A few technical glitches have been reported, which is also a sign that people are actually using the site. This is what the shut down is supposed to be about for Tea Party leaning Republicans.
Just stupid! I’ve thrown my hands up so many times, they can’t make their way down for the punch.