The United States Post Office is open. The Post Office operates under a separate provision from the rest of the federal government. There is still widespread confusion over which federal agencies were part of the government shutdown; however, there is no confusion over 800,000 federal workers being sent home from work. There is no confusion over the World War II Memorial being shut down.
As the nation enters the first week of the United States of America federal government shutdown the major highways into the District of Columbia from Virginia and Maryland gave a clear understanding of how much the shutdown has changed Washington. Route 50 in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia flowed freely as many of the federal working commuters stayed at home.
In an interview with the spokesperson for the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management it was revealed that there was great concern today regarding the threat from the tropical storm that caused heavy rain and wind in the area. “We are mostly concerned about flooding,” the spokesperson said. There were spots of high water on Route 50 near the Iwo Jima Memorial; however, President Barack Obama said that the storm passed without the destruction that was feared.
By the time of the evening commute from the District to Maryland and Virginia the rain had stopped and the traffic flowed unrestricted. The large overhead signs for the Amber Alert were brightly lit and ready to provide information in the event of a missing child. The rain and dark skies created an atmosphere across the city that reflected the feelings of many out of work employees.
There is a discussion among some commentators as to whether this government shutdown is a full or partial shutdown. The federal workers interviewed by the present writer did not describe their state of being out of their offices as being partially sent home. They were sent home, period. A furloughed worker is a furloughed worker.
The American Flag was drenched in the rain as the barricades displayed “closed” signs at the World War II Memorial. The memorial was not partially closed today. The World War II Memorial was fully closed today. The federal government of the United States of America remains closed. Customers are not being served. It is a sin to lie is a classic song by the late Billie Holiday. The closed federal buildings in the District today did not show signs of a partial government shutdown. From one end of Washington to the other there is no question that the federal government in the city is closed.