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If we don’t keep things in perspective, we risk being as foolish as those right wing hoo-hahs who beat the Benghazi scandal into the ground before all the facts were in.
Christie is ultimately responsible for his staff, and I encourage all those negatively effected by this to seek civil suits, but let’s not get carried away.
There are important issues that need our attention.
While we’re wasting time and energy with these side show scandals, the GOP is happily at work dismantling our education system, social security, unemployment insurance, and myriad other programs designed to keep this great country afloat.
In the meantime, enjoy this mental image of Governor Christie flip flopping like a beached whale.
The City Tavern in Old City is forced to close because of the government shutdown.
An iconic Philadelphia restaurant has been forced to close its doors and turn away booked parties because of the government shutdown.
City Tavern at 3rd and Walnut Streets in the Old City section of the city has been told it must close until the U.S. Congress passes a spending bill.
The restaurant, which opened for the first time in 1773 and was frequented by the nation’s founding fathers, sits inside Independence National Historical Park and the building is owned by the U.S. National Parks Service.
Both have been shut down since Tuesday when the federal government began its new fiscal year without agreeing on how to fund non-essential agencies. Nearly 200 park employees were also furloughed because of the funding issue.
Since the park is closed, officials told City Tavern operator Chef Water Staib on Wednesday the restaurant had to lock up as well.
Restaurant public relations director Molly Yun said they were notified there was a possibility a closure might happen, but they were allowed to remain open during the last government shutdown 17 years ago.
"We were somewhat shocked when we received the news today that we would have to close at 3 p.m.," she said. "Unfortunately, we’re going to have to stay closed until the government re-opens and our hands are tied."
Yun says the restaurant was forced to cancel booked parties, including one serving 200 visitors from Japan on Wednesday night, for at least the next four days leaving patrons “angry” and “aggravated.”
Should the shutdown drag on, the restaurant stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars and its 80-100 member staff may need to find other work.
Read more and watch the video at NBCPhiladelphia.com
City Tavern is a privately owned business that is being forced to close due to the government shutdown! One hundred waiters, cooks, cashiers, and other restaurant staff will be unemployed by Monday! If the shutdown continues another week or so, the owners will have to close their restaurant!
City Tavern is only one example of how the effects of a government shutdown extends beyond government employees.