With the federal government shut down for a 10th consecutive day, conservative political operative Grover Norquist’s dream of a government small enough to drown in a bathtub has been largely realized. For the majority of Americans who don’t view the federal government as an ideological arch-nemesis, however, it’s no time to celebrate.
From disruptive economic ripples, to limits on food programs for the poor, to hundreds of thousands of federal workers who have been furloughed, the shutdown has had a ubiquitous, negative impact on the day-to-day lives of countless Americans.
It’s not easy to narrow down the most damaging consequences of the shutdown. Nevertheless, some of the stories to emerge are particularly disheartening.
Here are five of the worst effects to come from the U.S. government’s partial closure after a temper tantrum by House Republicans.
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