What a Government Shutdown Means for You


trashCan't we all just get along?! Apparently not Democrats and Republicans. They just can't seem to reach an agreement on the 2011 Federal Budget, so guess what? There might be the first government shutdown in over 15 years! And trust me, that's a bad thing.

At first when I heard the prospect of the government shutting down, I thought, "Hmph. That could be cool. Maybe I'll drive to work and park wherever I want and not get a ticket 'cause there ain't no government! Woo-hoo!" But I soon realized that that wouldn't be the case since "essential" government wouldn't be shut down -- and thank God, 'cause that includes people like firemen! Yeah, we probably want those guys around. And after a little more research, I now know if a decision isn't reached by Friday, we could be seriously screwed!

Here are five things that would really suck if there's a government shutdown:

  • Toxic waste could build up. Gross. Nasty. Dangerous! During the last shutdown, cleanup was stopped at 609 sites! Oh, and manure wasn't cleaned up either. Yeah, a big ol' pile of it sat in a parking lot since the National Zoo couldn't transport it for composting.
  • Parks and museums would close. They did last time, and definitely would again. So, you may want to cancel your trip to the Smithsonian, Washington Monument, or Statue of Liberty. This wouldn't only be bad for people's travel plans, it also would be really bad, economically, for the museums, hotels, restaurants, and even airlines. Which, speaking of airlines ...
  • Federal workers who process passport and visa applications will also probably be staying home. Yeah, so hope you weren't planning on visiting the Eiffel Tower any time soon. And hope you don't need to renew your working visa!
  • The Center for Disease Control won't be at your service. During the last shutdown, the disease hot-lines they run left phone calls -- and questions -- unanswered.
  • Child support will probably get held up. They did during the last shutdown, as well as work on 3,500 bankruptcy cases. Yikes!

Come on, guys, work it out! We need you! And if you can't agree on the budget, I'm sure you can all agree that manure in the streets is gross!

What other scary things do you think could happen if there's a government shutdown?


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ArmyW... ArmyWifeAshlie

Military will NOT be paid. Which isn't a big deal to the rest of the country because it doesn't affect them. But it's a huge deal for me since our savings has dwindled 1200 dollars (or one check) due to emergencies.

tinam... tinamarie1972

Foodstamps wont get sent to ebt cards and niether wood cash assistant and your medicade would stop and if your on section 8 that could get held up and meals on wheels could get held up. Beaches would be closed court houses and jails would be closed.the senate need to get it together or they and the house wont get paid

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

This should piss us all off... and we should be making phone calls to our officials letting them know to DO THEIR JOBS.

xavie... xavierlogan09

if the government shuts down does this mean there aren't any laws? this is very aggravating. this affects everyone is some way. i hope they can come to a decision.

MomoJL MomoJL

The child support article you link to is actually inaccurate - as a child support caseworker, I can tell you that the use of the federal locate information is actually minimal.  We have tons of other resources.  Wouldn't affect us here ladies!

Madel... MadelynMc

I'm so angry over this. Proof in and of itself that our elected officials need to go because they are only looking out for their own careers. They could really care less if people are affected by this, as long as they come out "winning." Screw you guys.

End rant. :)

AngiDas AngiDas

Military will not get paid which would be disgraceful.

jagam... jagamama0710

Hey, you know who DOES get paid during a government shutdown though? Congress and the President. 21 democrats are trying to pass a bill saying they WON'T get paid but it doesn't look like it's going to pass.

he military not getting paid is what pisses me off the most, because we are a military family. We have our first mortgage payment due next month. Totally awesome. Fortunately we have some savings built up so I think we should be ok, assuming it doesn't last very long and we only miss 1 paycheck, maybe 2. UNfortunately, there are many who aren't as lucky to have savings and they will be screwed

Heather Swagga

I feel that if the government isn't doing their jobs, they shouldn't get paid for NOT doing their jobs. Come to an agreement. Be mature and find a compromise. That's what they're getting paid beaucoup bucks for, isn't it? How ridiculous. This mostly sounds like a way to get paid without doing any work to me. 

PoeDu... PoeDunkMae

I am very upset over this and think they need to pull their heads out of their asses and get stuff DONE.  Agree already! Don't let the government shut down, we do not need this.  And the fact THOSE idiots will STILL GET PAID, totally irks me off even more.  They don't DESERVE to get paid.   It's a disgrace that the Military won't get paid they do so much for America! And families that actually NEED the assitance (foodstamps, disability, etc etc) won't get it.  My mother is on disability for many health problems and she needs that to pay her rent and get groceries.  What is she supposed to do?  And I have a son who receives a disability check for his cancer right now, that is used to purchase clothing and diapers for my children since I've been unable to go back to work while my son has been fighting his cancer.  It's all quite aggravating.

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