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Are we still shutdown?

October 13, 2013 - Wes Burns
Back in December of 1995 I experienced my first government shutdown when then President Clinton and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich got in a fight about whether to eat at Popeye's or Church's chicken.

I can only assume that was the reason for their argument, anyway.

What I remember most about that shutdown was that very, very little changed in my day to day world.

See, as a wide-eyed youth, I just assumed that a shutdown meant that society was going to turn from "reality" into "Mad Max-style reality" overnight. So you can imagine my surprise that, as I was gathering my crossbow bolts and motorcycle helmet, it turns out the police were still patrolling and the mail was still delivered and that they were still showing new episodes of "Seinfeld." (remember, this was 1995)

Now, since there is no news program on Netflix, I'm not sure if the government is working again or not. I can only assume it isn't since Facebook hasn't exploded with angry "finally!" memes. But if it the government is still shut down just remember; in the 90s the shutdown lasted 21 days and everything turned out fine. Well, those "Star Wars" prequels were terrible, but we made it through that too.



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