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Getting along without government: Can you survive when it all comes crashing down?

We realize that this is completely random and that the government of the state of Minnesota has just been closed for a few days, but it is instructive to see that chaos does not necessarily mean a brother goes away.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune tells what happened in the Land of 10,000 lakes, when the state government closed in a budget dispute between Republicans and Democrats:

Bob Gehlen had a whiskey and cola in one hand and a handful of opinions on the state government shutdown in the second. “I think we should leave the government for a year,” said the old sailor, standing in front of the Elks Lodge on the night of bingo. “They really have an impact.”

There are many cities such as Hutchinson through Minnesota, barely touched so far by the decision, now in its 12th day. Court-ordered spending has maintained sufficient cash flow-based services – from schools to courts to health programs – not many of you worry about whether the decision to continue.
Misty Uecker and his mother still crowds the antique store, Treasure Shed. Mona Wehda, trying to sell the Cadillac radiator with a hole on a sticky summer day, were surprised to learn that the state would be partially closed in 2005. Tom Hann  was pleased with his new job, and it was difficult to determine how many times he needed something from the state. “Not so often, in fact, to tell the truth,” he said, pausing during the workout in the fitness center. “I work and go home, and that’s it.”

Instead, the decision seems to nibble on the edges of this town of 15,000 inhabitants. Jenna Nagy, a young lifeguard at the municipal pool, hopes his driving test July 28 the state is not canceled. Simondet Carol had to change plans when the family camping glacial lakes State Park closed (the backup plan to camp in a park in the city of Olivia, where his sister). “We just get around it,” said Simondet. “It’s disappointing, of course.”
Disappointment: If this is the worst word of Minnesota residents can come up with to describe the state government to close, say Bring It On
Thomas Jefferson said: “That government is best which governs least.” Today, he can only find an attractive Minnesota Virginia.

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