10 Ways A Government Shut Down Will Kill Your Buzz

Written by on April 7, 2011

So it looks like we may head into a government shut down as DC is still bickering. With the NFL lock-out, budget battles in many states, and now the US government, it looks like many of us everyday people will feel the hit.

The list of collateral effects of a potential government shutdown keeps growing and people are none too pleased about it. Here are just a few of the negative impacts that could arise if Congress and the White House fail to reach an agreement on the budget (click here to view in chart form):

  • The lawmakers who hold the cards will still get paid. Their staffers might be furloughed, though. That has prompted a few lawmakers to announce they’ll refuse shutdown pay,but even that has elicited critiques of political posturing.
  • Roughly 800,000 federal workers won’t get paid because they’re considered nonessential and therefore, the first to be furloughed. That includes people who work in national parks because they’ll be closed, ruining countless long family road trips. And it’s not just the loss of income that hurts for many, it’s being labeled dispensable when they know their jobs are anything but nonessential.
  • As the shutdown looms, some political leaders are taking the opportunity to fundraise and rally their supporters. The executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent out an appeal asking for a minimum $5 donation saying the organization wants to raise $100,000 in the next 36 hours.
  • Numerous services administered by the federal government will come to a halt. That means no new approvals of loans by the Federal Housing Administration or the Small Business Administration; no IRS processing of paper tax returns or refunds; no issuing of regular passports or visas (emergency visas and passports will be processed). In fact, anything that requires permits probably will not be processed.
  • You’ll still get your Social Security checks but don’t expect anyone to be around to answer your questions about benefits. The people who take questions on Social Security and Medicare questions will not be at work and most government websites will shut down or have limited functionality.
  • Various agencies with the Department of Health and Human Services will operate in a patchwork fashion. The National Institutes of Health will not accept new patients or start new clinical trials. The Food and Drug Administration won’t operate at full capacity but will have some inspectors on staff. As a result, all FDA inspections of food processing facilities and drug manufacturing plants will be prioritized by risk.
  • Word is getting around that a government shutdown doesn’t actually save taxpayers money. For one, it will cost the government money to ensure a smooth transition to a shutdown. Then there’s the lost revenue from a variety of sources, from government services to gift shops in government-run attractions such as Yosemite National Park and DC’s National Gallery of Art.

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Reader's opinions
  1. shawna smith   On   April 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    WELL THE REASON THESE THINGS ARE HAPPING BECAUSE WE ARE NOT DOING WHAT GOD WANT US TO DO WE ARE DOING WHAt we want to do we GOT TO DO WHAT GOD THE FATHER WANTS US TO DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 AMEN AMEN AMEN IN JESUS NAME

  2. SHUT IT DOWN AND KEEP IT THAT WAY   On   September 30, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    CHERRY BLOSSOMS????!!!!! FOR REAL???? WHAT A STUPID ARTICLE!!! THERE ARE BIGGER THINGS POLITICALLY TO SPEAK OF RIGHT NOW AND YOUR WORRIED ABOUT ROAD TRIPS AND CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVALS….YOUR AN IDIOT!!! …PERM SHUT DOWN WILL FORCE MORE ACTIVITY FOR SMALL BUSINESS AND ENCOURAGE A PUSH TOWARD A FREE MARKET ONCE AGAIN…IT SUCKS FOR SOME NOW BUT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL IN THE LONG RUN…THESE CROOKS BEEN STEALING OUR MONEY FOR NON ESSENTIAL PAYROLL FOR TOO LONG ANYWAY!

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