My most recent post, “Shutdown: It Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better” outlined the reasons I believe the shutdown is going to get progressively worse unless something is done to resolve the stalemate. Here are some examples of stories that show how that is already happening (with links to the sources). Each link will open a new window.
The effects are not limited to the federal government:
Shutdown could impact Capital AreaFood Bank (Austin, TX)
As agencies run out of Fiscal Year 2013 money and deplete working capital funds, we should espect to see more of these stories. Other agencies will find the effects of the shutdown ricocheting into areas that previously had not been affected. For example, if DoD repair depots run out of parts, they may have to furlough depot employees. Contract specialists who have no money to spend may be furloughed. For all of the criticism it receives about being “stovepiped” or “siloed” the federal government is an interconnected network of organizations that are reliant on one another. As more are shut down, the ability of the remaining parts to operate will diminish.