In case you didn't see the 75 million bad jokes on Twitter, the government officially shut down yesterday . . . which means all the "non-essential" programs were stopped and most of their employees were furloughed.
At least 800,000 government workers are now sitting home without pay . . . and the ones who are still working are doing it for FREE and hoping they'll be paid for those hours one day.
It's a giant mess. Can't wait 'til we re-elect over 90% of Congress when elections roll around, and keep the partisan gridlock going! Here's a roundup of some of the other people and things affected by the shutdown . . .
Kids with cancer. For every week the government is shut down, 10 kids with CANCER won't be able to begin clinical trials on drugs and treatments that could help them. The National Institutes of Health had to furlough 75% of its staff.
About 1,400 people who are currently on clinical trials will be able to continue, but no new patients can enroll.
Brain-eating amoebas might be coming after your kids. The CDC has furloughed 9,000 employees, so it can't track possible multi-state disease outbreaks. One example: There's a brain-eating amoeba that killed a four-year-old in Louisiana a few weeks ago. Now no one's monitoring it.
World War Two veterans. Memorials around the country and in D.C. are shut down. But that didn't stop a group of World War Two vets from Mississippi who were there yesterday to check out the World War Two memorial. If they could storm the beaches at Normandy, they could certainly storm the memorial. AND THEY DID. A few Congressmen found out and tried to take credit for helping them, but they charged into the memorial on their own. They could be facing trespassing charges, but come on.
Microbrews. The Tax and Trade Bureau had to furlough 93% of their 518 employees, which means they can't issue new brewery permits. With the rise in microbrews and craft beers, they WERE approving at least one new brewery a day. So what ARE their remaining employees doing? Basically all of them were told to focus on collecting taxes and nothing else.
National parks. Yesterday was the 123rd anniversary of Yosemite National Park. Google even celebrated it by changing their logo to look like Yosemite. But, like all national parks, Yosemite was closed yesterday.
The KKK. I guess not ALL shutdowns are bad. There was supposed to be a KKK rally at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania yesterday. They had their permit and everything. But with the shutdown, the park was closed, all permits were rescinded, and the KKK rally was cancelled.
(ABC News / Think Progress / Brew York / cnet / NBC 10 - Philadelphia)