Since the shutdown is cherrypicking what little pieces they shutdown, how do they decide? My conclusion is they are simply jacking with us. Shutting down whatever creates the most inconvenience to the citizens. Closing parks. Making travel more difficult. **
Meanwhile, 30 Democrats from the House and Senate are on travel to Puerto Rico. The claim is they are there to see first hand the damage from last year's hurricane. Yeah, maybe. Then again, here's the announcement of their plans. But whatever the truth of this trip, how did they pay for it? There couldn't have been any federal money available because the .gov is closed, amirite?
You want to shutdown? Fine. Shut all the way down. Stop collecting taxes. Send every federal employee home. Call it quits. Let the states declare nation status and move on. Otherwise, stop playing games.
**UPDATE: Unknown in the comments pointed out that the IRS has announced that they will be sending tax refunds.