Democracy of Chaos: Places affected by the 2013 U.S. Government Shutdown

This documentary, in the form of a Google Map, enables you to zoom in on the actual places and departments that were affected by the 2013 (16-day) shutdown of the U.S. government when a small group of extremist politicians held the nation hostage in an extortion scheme that cost the U.S. economy $24 billion in lost earnings and got nothing in exchange for the effort.

On one hand this map shows you just how large the government has grown. On the other hand, it shows just how much of government regulates and/or services the needs of business. Thus, you can see how much influence big business has in intervening in government, to get government to intervene in business, to the advantage of the politically influential business over its competition, consumers, taxpayers, employees and small business. Thus, your job and income are entwined in how big government has grown either because your employer intervened in government on your behalf, or because it services a government program, or because your employer sells product and services to the government, or because your customer works for or sells product and services to the government. Or, because your employer receives a government subsidy, bailout or tax break. We have the world's largest economy in part due to the fact that we have the world's largest government.

It wasn't just the 800,000 government employees affected by the shutdown, there were a lot of civilian jobs at stake who are employed under contract with the government, and many state budgets depend on as much as 50% in federal spending. When all these people whose livelihood depends on government funding can't buy your goods and services, you too may fall victim of the U.S. government shutdown. This shutdown was also a situation where a small group of political extremists stalemated Congress and did harm to the national reputation, trust and reliability of the U.S. financial system by establishing a trend for the second time in a short period of time where they used the threat of national default on expenses Congress itself had already approved and spent to blackmail and extort political gains for those who lost the last election.

Thousands of workers at Sikorsky Aircraft have
been informed they could be a victim of the
U.S. Government Shutdown in the coming weeks.
2,900 civilian workers at Tinker Air Force Base
fell victim to the U.S. Government shutdown.
The Cheaha Regional Head Start facility in Talladega, Alabama
fell victim to the U.S. Government shutdown.
The Sabrine National Wildlife Refuse Duck Hunting
fell victim to government shutdown.
50% of Oklahoma's State Budget could fall victim
to the U.S. Government shutdown.
41% of Michigan's State Budget could fall victim
to the U.S. Government shutdown.

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