The United States Government is "shut down." Well for most people they would say the government should be shut down, since the American people for the most part feel, shut out when it comes to matters of government. A lot of people are asking what does this mean to me? Well I'm not going to try to wade into those murky waters but you will probably see some slow down of government services and a lot of government workers will probably get several days off without pay. Of course our government leaders will still get paid. On Day 1 of the government shut down you might witness something like this http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/02/us/politics/us-government-shutdown.html?ref=us&_r=0. The government makes sure the things they shut down are noticeable, a kind of like "rub it in your face inconvenience."
The reality of the shutdown began to become clear early Tuesday. Children’s playgrounds in small pocket parks around Capitol Hill were closed. The military service academies suspended all intercollegiate sports competitions. The National Zoo’s online “Panda Cam” stopped showing images of Mei Xiang’s latest cub. Officials stopped giving tours of Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay.The American people are losing faith in their political leaders or then again maybe they're not because many of these same figures will be reelected. Sports fans who often are immune from governmental issues and even tragedies could see some games impacted by the shutdown. Today, there is news that the Air Force - Navy game could be postponed. These two heralded service academies are feeling the government shutdown pinch. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/10/01/naval-academy-air-force-army-government-shutdown/2901611/
Maryland AD Kevin Anderson, who spent six years in the same position at Army, was stunned by the news that the Navy-Air Force game might be canceled .There still is hope that the game will be played since a lot of the funding for athletics at the academies come from private sources and conference affiliations but you never know, in order to drive the point home the game could be cancelled which would mean delaying some of the pageantry that exists when the service academies compete against one another.
“I still have a strong affinity for the service academies. ... Athletics and competition is a key pillar to what the academies are all about,” Anderson said Tuesday in College Park. “I think it would send shock waves through the West Point community and also through the country. If there's three teams that I believe this country embraces through thick and thin, it's the Air Force, Navy and Army. For them not to be able to compete this weekend is very disappointing.” Asked about the possibility of the Army-Navy game not being played if the shutdown continued into mid-December, Anderson was blunt.
“That would be un-American,” he said
It doesn't matter where you go for guidance on the issue. On Fox News you're going to hear about the Democrats are responsible. One CNN you're going to hear how the Republicans are at fault and I'm sure they'll throw in some rationale that George W. Bush had something to do with it but even television personalities are tweeting some of the things that we're probably already thinking.