Shutdown Eve | With a budget deal unlikely, the U.S. federal government appears headed for a shutdown, meaning widespread closures of government agencies and suspensions of service. That includes the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, a favorite tourist stop in Washington for more than four decades. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)More »
We've heard a lot of cavalier nonsense about the federal government shutting down after tomorrow, and I suppose it speaks to years of nasty, fire-breathing partisanship and a completely broken legislative system that most Americans seem to accept this. I might remind people that the shutdown includes the IRS, the filing deadline is a week from Monday, and people generally change their tune if money's involved. I have a refund check that's been held up by a direct deposit mistake, and likely won't see it until the House of Bumpkins and the Senate Dining Society get their shit together. So quit fucking up the country and give me my money. –Owen Good
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