I agree with Mr. Uecker that Governor Daugaard's and Senator Cruz's piecemeal approach to the federal government shutdown is distracting silliness. The Governor's offer to keep Mount Rushmore open with state workers and resources will also seem sillier in about ten days, when something much more essential to functioning democracy will have to cease operations—the federal courts:
The Federal District Court in Sioux Falls is operating as if nothing has happened. So far, the govenment shutdown hasn’t made any immediate impact on their employees. Federal District Court Clerk Joseph Haas says Federal Courts are different because of certain powers they hold.
"Federal courts have the authority to use fee money collected in the last fiscal year in the next fiscal year. So we’ve accumulated enough fee money nationally to allow the courts to operate for about ten business days," Haas says.
Haas says if the shutdown nears ten business days, leaders could have a conversation to see what areas are essential and which could temporarily close [Nate Wek, "Federal District Courts Remain Open During Shutdown," SDPB.org, 2013.10.01].
Will Governor Daugaard volunteer Their Honors Tucker, Long, and Barnett to start hearing federal tax evasion, sex trafficking, and bankruptcy cases? (I can think of some folks who might like to see the Northern Beef Packers case fall into the hands of Rounds-Daugaard appointees.) Or will the Governor call his GOP counterparts in Washington and tell them to stop running the country into the ditch?
Related 09:03 CDT: Mr. Larson goes all Rushmore on the GOP shutdowners and offers up lines from Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln criticizing the Republicans' uncompromising hostage-taking of parks, courts, and the federal budget