Protesters gathered Sunday at the World War II Memorial to protest its closure caused by the shutdown. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, whose demands to defund the President's health care law were largely responsible for the shutdown, spoke at the event, as did former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Cruz said the closure of the memorial was a political ploy.
The rally, billed as the "Million Vet March on the Memorials," drew far fewer than a million people and evolved into a protest that resembled familiar tea party events from 2009, with yellow "Don't Tread on Me" flags throughout the crowd and strong anti-Obama language from the podium and the audience. And one speaker said the President should "put the Quran down," implying that Obama is Muslim.
States step up
The state of New York dug into its own coffers to reopen the Statue of Liberty. New York state will pay $61,600 a day over the next several days from its tourism budget. Cuomo determined that the financial commitment was well worth it because of the economic gain to New York that the 10,000 daily tourists bring to the state and to local businesses.
In Utah, the state government is filling the federal government's void. The state has reopened eight national parks and will pay the National Park Service up to $166,572 per day to do so.
Citizens step up
A local charity in Calvert County, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, is feeding the furloughed. Thirty percent of the county's residents are government employees, and the local group End Hunger in Calvert County is distributing food to furloughed workers at a local food bank.