The government shutdown that began Monday night and is now in its fourth full day means that lots of official data collection, analysis and reporting that happens each month has now stopped. This includes the monthly jobs reports issued by the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
At 8 a.m. EST Thursday, the National Hurricane Center issued hurricane and tropical storm watches for the northern Gulf Coast, as tropical storm Karen gains strength in the southern part of the Gulf of Mexico.
So most of the federal government has flipped over the closed sign. While in the middle of a recession they couldn't pick a better time to do this. Can anything good come out of this? Will this stop "ObamaCare?" Only time will tell.
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