Democrats, Republicans and the insane leap into the abyss

Updated 8:18 AM EDT, Wed October 2, 2013

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The government shutdown is already having real-world consequences

Engaged couples to federal employees are feeling the brunt

Even NASA has had its capabilities limited by the shutdown

Washington CNN —  

When Genevieve Jeuck and Michael Sallemi came up with their romantic little idea, it seemed perfect.

They would get married in early October on the rim of the Grand Canyon, just as the cooling winds of autumn were starting to blow. With family and friends standing by, they would pledge their love to each other. Cue the rainbow, and the cry of the circling eagle.

Then their uncle showed up. Uncle Sam. And everything went to hell.

“Well, I’ve been going through a lot of emotions,” Genevieve said after the government shutdown put the canyon off limits, and their plans on ice. “I cried. I was freaking out. I had to make all new plans.”

She is not alone. About two dozen couples planned to tie the knot in National Parks over the next few days, and now they can’t even pitch a pup tent. “We’ve been joking,” Genevieve says, “that the government is going to put a tarp over (the canyon) so we can’t see it.”

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