The Shutdown Reveals Just How Automated Our Government Already Is


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If you call the White House right now, thanks to the government shutdown, you’ll be treated to an automated message: “We apologize but due to the lapse in federal funding, we are unable to take your call. Once funding has been restored, our operations will resume.” The switchboard operators, like so many federal employees, have been sent home. And like some, they’ve been replaced by minimally functioning automated systems.


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