It is a trite argument to make, but whilst the shutdown of the US Federal Government today is regrettable it does at least open the flood gates to humour and reflection.
(marcus advice #1)
Rush hour traffic in DC this morning
Stocks rise on Government Shutdown
(marcus advice #2)
And the last word from my friend Oscar:
And here endeth the first day of the shutdown.
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