The partial government shutdown is getting real this week.
Our national parks are full of litter.
Our Smithsonian museums are closed to visitors.
Our scientists at NOAA and NASA are unable to carry out research.
Our food is not being checked by the FDA.
800,000 of our Federal employees
are not receiving their paychecks this week.
Our TSA and our Coast Guard
report to work to keep us safe
without those paychecks.
All the while,
we're watching a
staring contest unfold.
Who will blink first?
Democrats or Republicans?
This drama is just another act in the
"US vs. THEM"
spectacle that has started to define our government.
The more important question is...
While everything around us is shutting-down,
We the People
keep our hearts
and our minds
Let's make an effort to...
Reach out to help those in our communities
who are affected by the shutdown.
Let's continue to...
Let's tell our representatives how we feel about the shutdown.
There are ways to FIX this process
so that the budget is never again
held hostage by partisan politics.
Let's tell Congress
that we expect
our government to
And we expect
to stay open
to finding common ground...
good of the nation.
"Meet in the Middle"