Lawmakers were unable to come up with a compromise to keep the federal government open, so it’s shut down. “Essential” government functions, such as those affecting national security, will continue. (I know, I know. . . Why is the government doing things that aren’t essential?) But lots more offices will shut their doors. Most discussion has to do with the number of federal employees who won’t get paid. But there are also the considerable number of private companies that the government owes money to who are going to get stiffed. Since the federal government is the nation’s biggest employer and biggest spender, the economy is going to take a hit. After the jump, a list of what stays open and what gets shut down.
What do you think will happen now? How long will this last? How can it be resolved without either side giving in? Might the general public support a government shutdown this time?