There is a lot of talk about the effects of a government shutdown, and here is a great summary: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2011-04-07-q-and-a-shutdown_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip
By the way, I do not mean to post this to get a political "he said/she said" conversation going. Rather, we all bear responsibility for the choices we make - so before you cast stones at "those idiots in Washington," let's take a look at how our choices affect others.
No, really... don't comment politically. I know that's the easy route... instead, dig deep personally and the choices you're making.
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3)