Well, our government has shown us once again, that they’re completely incapable of doing the jobs they’re being paid to do. Unable to some sort of agreement over a new budget for the next six months, will force the government to shut down at midnight tonight. I think we all know what needs to be done to balance that pesky budget, taxing corporations and increasing taxes on the wealthy. Seems the only ones that don’t see the possible benefits are the empty suits in D.C.
What happens if they shut down the government? Well, nearly 800,000 non-essential federal employees will go on unpaid furlough. So emergency services and law enforcement will still be operating. The effects of this shut down really all depend on how long it lasts, essentially the government would be offline until an agreement was met on the budget. According to Bloomberg, a few days wouldn’t be too terrible, but any longer could have extremely detrimental effects on our economic recovery.
Originally I thought to myself, of course they wouldn’t have a problem shutting down the government, while those 800,000 people wouldn’t get paid they would, as those are the rules. Turns out though Congress does have a bit of a heart, many of them have insisted that until an agreement is met they do not wish to receive their pay either as that would be unfair.
The last time a shutdown occurred was in 1995 when Clinton vetoed Congress’ spending bill. A standoff occurred between Clinton and Newt Gingrich due to the Republican controlled Congress wanting to make additional cuts to education, environmental controls, EITC, and limiting the growth of Medicare (sound familiar). Clinton refused, Gingrich therefore refused to raise the debt limit and it eroded from there into a pissing match that lead to a shutdown of the government to prevent a defaulting on their debt.
I don’t know, seems to me we should be treating this behavior like an employer with an employee that simply doesn’t do their job, fire them. Here’s what I’m thinking, if it actually gets to the point where a shutdown occurs, we simply tell every last one of the members of Congress, “thanks for trying, but get the hell out.” The next day we hold new elections, no party affiliations, mentioning a party affiliation gets you disqualified, and no campaign contributions. Start from scratch. I know that’s completely unrealistic and would never happen, but I can dream.
- Government Shutdown Would Have Wide Ripples – NYTimes.com (opsudwinger.wordpress.com)
- Shadow of Newt Gingrich looms over shutdown (capitolhillblue.com)
- Gov’t shutdown could hit federal workers in wallet (sfgate.com)
- Government Shutdown Could Hit Federal Workers In Wallet (huffingtonpost.com)
- Gov’t shutdown could hit federal workers in wallet – The Associated Press (news.google.com)