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The government has officially shut down. If you need a quick refresher on why the government shut down, here is our easy-to-read, step-by-step, glitz Grande Supreme-winning guide.
"They actually did it. A group of Republicans in the House just forced a government shutdown over Obamacare instead of passing a real budget," President Barack Obama tweeted late last night. "We're better than this."
People are mad. People are scared. People are confused. Mostly, people are just really, really confused. Here are nine things that do not happen when the government shuts down:
Obama Is No Longer Our President
So if the government shut down then is Obama still the president lol? Nicole Sullivan (@nuhcole__) October 1, 2013
I really don't get this..How can the government just shut down? Is Obama still president? How can there be a president without a government?? Logan Jones (@LogieeeJay23) October 1, 2013
So if the government is shut down is Obama still actually a president?? Raley B. (@princesscouser) October 1, 2013
Since the government shut down, Is Obama still president?? ZacConnor (@ZacConnorParody) October 1, 2013
President Obama is still our president and will remain so until 2016.
You Don't Have to Go to Work
I don't understand this government shut down, but do I or do I not have to go to work anymore? I need an answer by 7 pm.? Kinley Crenshaw (@kinleycren12) October 1, 2013
If the government shut down today, does that make today a national holiday? Do I still have to go to work?? Anthony (@dixonshmixon) October 1, 2013
So the government shut down... I work for the school, and schools are part of the government. Do I have to go to work today??? Emily (@Offwrecked) October 1, 2013
So since the government is shut down do I have to go to class? Is work cancelled?? Briyannah Kiyanté (@AmbitionIsKIY) October 1, 2013
The only people who do not need to go to work are nonessential government employees who have been furloughed. If you're unsure if you are a nonessential government employee or not, you probably are not. Everyone else needs to go to work still. The same goes for school. Please go to school. Please learn.
You Don't Have to Pay Rent
If the US government shut down, do I still have to pay my rent or nah? Adadioramma (@Tie_MyShoeLaces) October 1, 2013
if the govt is shut down do I have to pay my rent today still? tyler (@trillsweg) October 1, 2013
Wait.... government shutdown... do I still have to pay rent?? Kenneth (@bad_sushi) October 1, 2013
All I'm seeing on IG is posts bout the government being shut down n I don't know what's going on, so do I have to still pay my rent today?!?? Papi Ain't No Snitch (@h8dznutz) October 1, 2013
You still need to pay your rent (and taxes, too). And today is the first of the month, so make sure you do so.
Weed Is Legal
If the government is shut down does that mean weed is legal till its back up?? Miss. D (@dannistalls) October 1, 2013
hell yeah government shut down!!!! it is now legal to smoke weed in class? psych ward hottie (@cuddleordie) October 1, 2013
If the government shuts down, does that mean weed is legal?? Kay $wankk ? (@OnMy_DopeShxtt) October 1, 2013
Governments shutdown today.. so is weed legal for the day?? Devon (@DevonHardies) October 1, 2013
If you live in Colorado or Washington, yes, weed is legal. If you live anywhere else, it is still illegal.
Gay Marriage Is Legal
So if the government is shut down, can gays marry now?? Ginny Luke (@ginnyluke16) October 1, 2013
So the US government shut down.. Does that mean gay marriage is legal there for a bit?? Thug Love _19Xx (@TatiannaPacheco) October 1, 2013
The government shut down so that means gay marriage is legal? Lloyd Lee (@hypogay) October 1, 2013
If you live in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont or Washington, yes, same-sex marriage is legal. If you live anywhere else, it is still illegal.
You Can Loot Now
if the govt does shut down does this mean we can loot orrr?? Hermeline (@ohheyherms) October 1, 2013
So the govt shutdown. Can we loot things? Is that a thing? I wanna loot real bad? Liz lee (@MyLifeAsLiz_Liz) October 1, 2013
So... what exactly does this gov't shutdown mean to me? May I break the law? May I loot? Help m out here.? Steve Lemme (@SteveLemme) October 1, 2013
now that the government is shut down, is it alright to loot stores?? Randy Stevens (@assmander) October 1, 2013
You may not loot, pillage, etc. That is stealing. Stealing is still illegal.
You Can't Get Arrested
So if the government is shut down, does that mean I can't get arrested for anything???? alysia breznicky (@LeEsHy_eff) October 1, 2013
I can twerk on police cars and not get arrested WHY? Because the GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN !????????? i love whiteguys?? (@HoesLoveMyFro) October 1, 2013
Wait so if the governments shut down can I get arrested?? Kristen Hibbs (@kristenhibbs8) October 1, 2013
So since the federal government is shut down........ Can I do federal crimes and not get arrested?? JAB (@jbellTHEMAN) October 1, 2013
Police officers will continue to work during the government shutdown and they will arrest you. Do not commit federal crimes. Do not twerk on police cars.
Russia Is Going to Invade the U.S.
What if Russia invades the Us after the government shutdown#newday? Prince Aysan (@rasheed_rb) September 30, 2013
So I'm guessing the government really shut down? Were all fucked you know this right? Our military will be lost, china or Russia will invade? (-H-A-Z-E-Y-) (@HazeyyHazedOut) October 1, 2013
Soooo.. the government is suppose to shut down tomorrow, that gives North korea or Russia time INVADE!? l-E-o-N (@NO37_) September 30, 2013
What if they planned this government shutdown so that China or Russia could take over. Maybe this is part of their endgame. Just a thought? Kristin (@faithlovehope40) October 1, 2013
Military personnel will continue to work (and be paid!) during the government shutdown. Russia will (probably) not invade the U.S.
Everyone Is Going to Die
does this shutdown mean that we are now in the purge movie? thalia (@bbygems) October 1, 2013
the government shut down; THE PURGE DOE? Kenna Supnet (@wtfkenna) October 1, 2013
Government is shut down. Does that mean The Purge is real?? Michael Hipp (@maggosjaggos) October 1, 2013
So does the Purge start tonight since the Government is shut down?? Wieser (@wiesera) October 1, 2013
While shutting down the government would be a very impressive viral marketing campaign, we are not living in The Purge. There will be no anarchy. There will be no murder. At least not more than usual. And c'mon, that movie didn't even make sense, anyway.