Photo of the day

From a Big Picture gallery of Air Show photos:

Russian Su-37 fighters of the Lipetsk pilot training center of the ‘Russian Falcons’ aerobatic group perform at Moscow International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2013 in the city of Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 30. (Sergei Chirikov/European Pressphoto Agency)

Who will keep working during the shutdown

Nice article and very nice graphic from the NYT summarzing which federal workers will keep working and which will be furloughed, assuming the government shuts down.  (Which looks nearly inevitable.  And is a good thing, according to Ezra— because it sure beats the alternative of a debt ceiling crisis).   Here’s a portion of the graphic (not working on the left; working on the right):



Of course, we can live without employee trainers, actuaries, and environmental engineers in the short term, but only the most crazy and ignorant of the Tea party types would argue that we don’t need the government doing these things.  But, at least for some period, we won’t be.  Sadly, the overall lack of respect that Republican politicians have the important work that these government agencies do means they are all-too-happy to have a shutdown.  No, it won’t be a catastrophe.  But it certainly means important things the government should be doing won’t be getting done.  And that’s stupid.

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