October 1st, 2013
05:14 AM ET

Pandas, goats and asteroids: The shutdown's other effects

Furloughed workers. Shuttered offices. Lost pay. By now, we know well the awful mess we're in due to the government grinding to a halt. But the shutdown has also had some lesser-known effects.

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  1. Millz

    No change comes without action. While we the people sit back and debate how and why we've reached this point in our gov't, the politicians on Capitol Hill will continue the stubborn school child acts which lead to the most rich and powerful nation on the planet once again shutting down, while at the same time holding we the people hostage. The big thing that should be on all of our minds is not how we got here, but rather what are we the people going to do now that we are here?

    October 1, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I wonder what they would have done if the Senate gave them a taste of their own medicine and demanded that a national gun registry be added to the CR? Of course they would have gone right for that, correct?

    October 1, 2013 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    These terrorists guided by twisted ideology driven by War Party and Tea Party philosophy running intellectually amok in our Congress would be the undoing of this country – GOP.

    October 1, 2013 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Lady Liberty shutting down, symbolically showcasing where this country is headed. GOP had planned to bring the US govt to its knees even before 2010 and their take over of the House. "Like 9/11" were the words of Rep.Westmoreland.

    October 1, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hamsta

    Louisiana was once the second poorest state in the nation. We aren't any richer today but we are doing better than the rest of the nation while D.C. is rich. Further evidence that under socialism only the government gets rich everyone else is poor.

    October 1, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      We don't have a socialist economy. Yiu've been told this innumerable times. Just because Push Pillbaugh says something, doesn't make it true. It's not socialized medicine. People still have to purchase the insurance.

      October 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Louisiana is 44/50. So 43 states are doing better. Maryland is the wealthiest in terms of income and per capita. Must be where all the jackboots live.

      October 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    If one follows what went on in their caucuses it is eminently clear that focusing on the support of their base, Christian Coalition and such GOP (Tea Party) had this one objective driving them since they took over the House -to shut down the govt. The giddiness and glee and proclamations from the likes of bachmann you saw on their faces as they filed out after the vote was shameful.
    Not a single piece of meaningful legislation was passed during their 'rule'. But they did achieve their objective.

    October 1, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    7 out of 10 people cannot even site a reason they do not like Obamacare. Obamacare already has saved us money, even when Mitt Romney said $716 billion would be cut from medicare, it was not. In fact it has saved us. If you cannot believe a man such as the president, whom had watched his own mother fight with insurance companies for coverage, whom has given us no cap on chronic diseases, then you are just never going to believe him. When your own party is fighting for again Medical device companies, claiming to be fighting for the American people, you are on the side of big business and not the american working people.

    October 1, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Ryan used the savings in his own budget. What loons. Ryan wants to use exchanges for Medicare... These people can't even agree what's bad for America. Not to mention that the ACA was a Heritage plan that Romney adopted for MA.

      October 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    That this mindset is undermining what this country should be striving for- peace, security, progress and prosperity for its people should be clear to all but the blind.
    Hope & pray that Americans wake up and stand up to this enemy within.

    October 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      The Tea Party is doing just that and liberal jackboot Nazi democrats label them terrorists.

      October 1, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Do you write down all the names the entertainers tell you to, Hamsta? Because that's what they are. Entertainers.

      October 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    While ther has always been contention between the parties, upon the entrance of the teaparty into the political field, that word has been given a whole new meaning. Why are the majority of the republicans in congress, who for the most part don't agree with their tactics, not standing up to this small band of terrorists ? Through coercion in the form of threats to their seats, the minority has scared the majority into submission. It's time for these lawmakers who know better to take back their standing.

    October 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)©

    While ther has always been contention between the parties, upon the entrance of the teaparty into the political field, that word has been given a whole new meaning. Why are the majority of the republicans in congress, who for the most part don't agree with their tactics, not standing up to this small band of terrorists ? Through coercion in the form of threats to their seats, the minority has scared the majority into submis sion. It's time for these lawmakers who know better to take back their standing.

    October 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Yep; they're afraid of being primaried. Afraid of being called a RINO which should mean "Reasonable Instead of Now Obstructionist."

      October 1, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)©

    CNN is keeping me very limited on what I'm allowed to say today. Though I have used no foul language or threats or name calling etc, they continue to block me. I'm just trying to say how the teaparty has taken over to hold this country hostage and the majority of republican lawmakers are afraid to stand up to them.

    October 1, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Wow, now CNN is blocking me from complaining about CNN blocking me.

    October 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Did you hear about the dead cabbage?

    There was a big turnip at the funeral.

    October 1, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hamsta

    @Scottish Mamma I'm sorry that you don't realize jobs such as Walmart and McDonalds are NOT full time career orientated jobs and couldn't imagine them as temporary minimum wage jobs for high scool kids and retired people but that's what they are. The Obamacare layoffs affect more than just Walmart and McDonalds, they also effect Chefs at 5 star restaurants( requires something called education ) auto mexhanics, receptionists and secretataries, etc... REAL jobs.

    October 1, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      You don't even know what you're arguing about, anymore, Faux Hamsta.

      October 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      At least I know the difference between a temporary part time job and a full time cateer, and yes careers are coming to an.end as a result of Obamacare. Pull your head out of the sand.

      October 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I know all about full time careers, being as I have a full time one. Who has the twelve part time jobs? The person whose name you're stealing.

      October 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    "... Republicans are the party that say government doesn't work, then get elected to prove it."
    -PJ O'Rourke

    October 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
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