From USA Today (A good summary along with some humor): 66 questions and answers about the government shutdown
Some humor: "81. Will a shutdown bring an increase in Washington's rat population?
No. Some commentators
have said Washington, D.C., rats would be one of the few clear winners in a shutdown, on the theory that they would feast on trash that isn't picked up. The District of Columbia's Department of Health confirms there was an increase in the rat population during the last shutdown, in 1995-96. This time around, Mayor Vincent Gray has deemed all city employees "essential,"
including sanitation workers."
I beg to differ; there are more "rats" showing up as the days go by.:D