The government shutdown has furloughed 800,000 federal employees, shuttered national parks, and caused businesses to worry that the United States will default on its debt if this drags on past mid-October.
It has also inspired its fair share of hyperbole. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) invoked Nazi Germany to criticize Republicans who didn't want to shut down the government to delay or defund ObamaCare, a law Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) called "the most dangerous piece of legislation ever passed in Congress."
But the doomsaying hasn't been limited to Republicans. Here is a look at the some of the colorful language Democrats have been using to describe the government shutdown:
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