The shutdown really does affect everyone, everywhere in some way.
It’s about damn time congress did its job. Henry Reid said thank you for a bipartisan effort despite huge partisan divide – too bad Mitch McConnell followed it up by again blaming Affordable Care Act and insinuating it is an abomination.
“This law is ravishing our economy, killing jobs, driving up premiums, and driving people off the health care they have and like, in droves…and the refusal to delay it reflects the kind of stubborn ideological obsession that will do untold damage to our country. And Republicans remain determined to repeal this terrible law. – PBS article
Sorry, but that is just plain asshole. It’s not like most of the country is pissed off at your party or anything, seeing as it is the GOP that is responsible for the shutdown. Deny it if you want, but there was a budget proposal agreed on by both parties in the house, and then it was dropped in order to “take a stand” against the Affordable Care Act:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, you had a conversation at the White House. The Democrats, including Senate Democrat Harry Reid, has said he’s more than willing to have a conference, more than willing to have a negotiation, but not under the threat of a government shutdown, not under the threat of a default.
BOEHNER: So it’s my way or the highway. That’s what he’s saying. Complete surrender and then we’ll talk to you.
STEPHANOPOULOS: That’s not–
BOEHNER: It’s about having a conversation. I gave the Senate majority leader some advice at the White House about how to proceed. I gave him some advice over a week ago about how to avert this. And yet they refuse to do it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But Mr. Speaker, he says — and he said it publicly on many occasions, that you came to him back in July and offered to pass a clean government funding resolution, no Obamacare amendments, that was $70 billion below what the Senate wanted. They accepted it. And now, you’ve reneged on that offer.
BOEHNER: No, clearly there was a conversation about doing this.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Several conversations.
BOEHNER: Several. But–
STEPHANOPOULOS: And you offered a clean resolution.
BOEHNER: But I and my members decided the threat of Obamacare and what was happening was so important that it was time for us to take a stand. And we took a stand.
Transcript & video available at ABC News. Starts ~3:10/14:04
Unfortunately, this is only a temporary reprieve until January/February when the budget and debt ceiling return in full force. But at least, for now, our country can go back to its normal operations. Let’s hope Congress takes a break and returns next Monday to make a REAL deal on the budget, none of this temporary band-aid bullshit.
In case you have not heard, the federal government officially shut down on Tuesday, October 1 at 12:01AM EST. Briefly, this means that:
- Most non-essential federal employees will be furloughed (meaning they are put on temporary leave) or will be forced to work without pay.
- National Parks, Museums, and other federal attractions will be closed.
- Delayed processing for passports, visas, gun permits, and other federally regulated items.
- Some federal court cases may be delayed
- Possibly one of the most alarming – federal health organizations may reduce or stop work. This includes the Center for Disease Control, which monitors disease outbreaks.
- Military and law enforcement will still be in effect but workers may be without pay.
- While Social Security and Medicaid will continue, there may be some repercussions such as delayed processing. Veterans will likely also see delays and other cuts affecting benefits.
- Some private organizations/companies will be directly affected due to contracts with the federal government.
The federal government will be affected in various other ways. While not directly affecting most private organizations, certain sectors of the economy will be affected in significant ways. For example, furloughs in the Department of Energy will halt permitting for new energy projects. Also expect a response from Wall Street.
On a more individual level, the shutdown will have far-reaching effects most people will never realize – for example my friends, graduate students doing research with federal agencies, will be unable to continue their normal research during the shutdown.
And then we also have to think about how this plays into the larger picture of the looming debt ceiling – The deadline to find a fix is likely October 17.