CNN has a list of ten things that could affect you during the government shutdown.  Here are some things that may (or may not) be affecting you.

  •  No national parks.  You can't go to Yosemite, Yellowstone, or the Statue of Liberty on vacation if you wanted to.  Or any other national park, national zoo, or national museum.  They'll all be closed
  • If you're a federal employee, you're not at work today and you're not getting paid.  But in the two shutdowns we had in the '90s, they paid everyone retroactively when the shutdown ended.
  • Military employees WILL (and should) get paid.
  • Congress put in a special exemption for them during all this nonsense.  What?  You think just becuase they can't get anything done, they're stupid?  You can bet when it comes to thier paycheks, they'll make sure it's covered.
  • We stil have pay taxes.  What else did you expect?
  • You will still get your mail.  Neither snow, nor rain, nor government shutdowns can stop the Postal Service.  Forget that the Postal Serice runs at a 6-Billion dollar deficit.  Let's keep it open.
  • No federal loans.  No small business loans and no home loans.  And veterans' benefits wouldn't be paid either.  But Social Security payments would be expected to continue.
  • You won't be able to get a gun permit.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms would be closed.
  • For Washington, D.C., there would be no city services.  Including trash collection.  The city budget has to be approved by Congress.