Government shutdown: The upside
Protesters call for cuts in federal spending Wednesday on the steps of Capitol Hill.
April 8th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

Government shutdown: The upside

We posted an item here on Thursday on 10 things that could ruin your day if the government shuts down.

Which got us wondering: Is there a silver lining to a shutdown?


– Less traffic. Roads around federal office epicenters in every city would see a noticeable drop in motorists. That’s a good thing. A new study by the Environmental Health Perspectives highlights the link between traffic pollution and brain damage.

– You won’t get audited. While the tax filing deadline is still April 18, a federal shutdown means you can stave off the bean counters – people whose sole purpose is to get you to explain how that monthly Netflix subscription helps your home-based business - at least for a while.

– The White House gift shop will be closed. YIPPEE. You know that miniature flag-striped lapel that can pierce a small organ? We won't be seeing those or that commemorative snow globe your weekend-getaway co-worker erects at their cubicle. Freedom!

– More fish to catch. In Arkansas, anglers will be able to go all out. The Norfolk National Fish Hatchery will release two weeks worth of rainbow and brown trout.

“This would be the week to fish,” Craig Eaton, project leader at the hatchery, told CNN Friday. “We normally release 10 to 14 deliveries a week,” Eaton said. Each delivery contains about 29,000 fish, he said. Do the math. That's a boatload of fish. Can you say reel deal?

– Bankruptcy deferred. About to go bankrupt? Not after Friday. Federal bankruptcy court will be running largely in name only. The online filing system will be up and running but federal buildings will likely be closed.

– More electricity to go around. With average consumption larger than some states, Washington bureaucrats obviously don't know how to cut off the lights when they leave the office. A shutdown means less strain on the power grid.

Anything we forgot? What else can be considered an upside to the federal shutdown?

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  1. HumbleRoots

    Why is congress in gridlock over petty non-sense, it's a buget, their arrogance surpasses even their greed. What ever happened to patriotism?It just proves the only patriots are the ones in uniform, the ones that caught the short end of the stick

    April 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tready

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  3. judith ripka two

    The following time I learn a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to learn, but I truly thought youd have one thing attention-grabbing to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could repair when you werent too busy in search of attention.

    September 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Professionall

    Hi, Tracie! I love all the awareness you are ranisig here in this post.AND...drum roll please...I finally got a post submitted in time for the carnival. I'm sorry I've been so out of it and missed the deadlines since you took over managing the carnival. Though I am no longer actively blogging, I do want to submit posts to the editions when I can. (I've got many old posts to choose from, and many that never appeared in the carnival.) Looking forward to seeing the edition on Friday. Thanks for all you do, Tracie. You rock!

    March 12, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sumbal

    I have to admit I am surprised that the big guys didnt just take the cunocat away from him, they could always have pulled some kind of trademark crap on him, but I am impressed it is very nice of CNN to go about it this way.

    March 14, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
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