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11 Excellent Tweets About The Government Shutdown

At 12:00AM on 1 October 2013, the United States Government entered a shutdown as mandated by the Office of Management and Budget. And, as always, Twitter was 100% on point. Here are 11 excellent tweets from the first 30 minutes of the Shutdown Experience.

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@uscapitol shuts down

Due to a lapse in government funding, this account will not be active until further notice.

— U.S. Capitol (@uscapitol) October 1, 2013

@NASAVoyager2 sasses all of its followers

Due to government shutdown, we will not be posting or responding from this account. Farewell, humans. Sort it out yourselves.

— NASAVoyager2 (@NASAVoyager2) October 1, 2013

@tiedtiger sasses both the probe and the situation

@NASAVoyager2 is so unimpressed by the US govt shutdown that it's leaving the solar system

— Tadhg Kelly (@tiedtiger) October 1, 2013

@UNITEDSTATES parody account makes possibly the best 12-character statement of the night


— The United States (@UNlTEDSTATES) October 1, 2013

@JoshHelfferich (formerly @TextOnlyInstagram) puts out a call to arms...


— Josh Helfferich (@JoshHelfferich) October 1, 2013

@BradyBonnette points out who the REAL victim is


— Brady Bonnette (@BradyBonnette) October 1, 2013

@mattyglesias offers what seems like a reasonable middle ground option

How about a compromise—GOP agrees to fund the government and Dems agree to cancel the death panels?

— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) October 1, 2013

Of course, some folks like @halphillips have seen all of this before

all the government shutdown jokes on twitter are the same government shutdown jokes i saw on message boards during the '90s shutdown

— Hal Phillips (@halphillips) October 1, 2013

@bredalot, a literary agent, asks the important questions

So, how long do we wait after a government shutdown before we start forcing teenagers to kill each other for spectacle?

— Bridget Smith (@bredalot) October 1, 2013

@cdespinosa points out that this whole situation actually ISN'T funny -- rather, it's actually pretty much bad news bears

No quips or snark from me. A government shutdown due to a failed attempt to roll back health insurance us tragic and stupid, not funny.

— Chris Espinosa (@cdespinosa) October 1, 2013

And finally, @Buzzfeed posted a much better version of this list

12 Tweets That Shut Down Twitter

— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) October 1, 2013

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