The National Park Service website (www.nps.gov) greets you with this:
NASA (www.nasa.gov) doesn’t even have a department-specific shutdown notice, it’s just gone:
The blank USA.gov message covers a lot of other government websites as well. NASA sites beyond the main page are also redirected to the shutdown message.
The Forest Service ( http://www.fs.fed.us/ ) greets you with this:
The USGS ( http://www.usgs.gov/ ) greets you with this:
NOAA ( www.noaa.gov ) greets you with this:
This is intentional, just like closing the WW2 Memorial. This also insults the citizenry, who are still paying taxes for services no longer being received. You’re not going to get back a few day’s worth of taxes at the end of the year because the government was “shut down”. The taxpayers are still paying for the services that government is intentionally denying just to score political points.
At least with the websites, the act of shutting them down is merely spiteful and vindictive in nature, but inexpensive, unlike the barrycades erected at taxpayer expense.
What’s also noteworthy is that sites for the TSA:
…were all up, but simply noted that they might not be up to date.
So it’s not the cost involved, it’s that people use sites like NOAA for weather, and (almost) everybody loves NASA. Visible parts of government that people like are shut down, less visible and/or useless parts or those that people don’t like stay up.