Let’s take a moment to thank the United States Government and the National Football League for showing our kids and future leaders of America how not to deal when two parties are unable to come to a decision.
As our government threatens to shut down, the NFL has already done so leaving many wondering what is next for the most popular sport in America. Now with a possible government shut down looming, we start to wonder who is going to deliver our mail and unemployment checks going forward.
As two of the most influential organizations in America are unable to come to conclusions they have decided to potentially lock the doors and put millions out of work during an already fragile economy.
If only I would have known this was the correct way to deal with confrontation and being unable to come to a compromise, things with my ex-wife would have gone very differently if I had just shut down and put myself out of business.
What gives these two organizations the right to just close the doors?
As screwed up as it is, the United States Government is by far the most powerful organization in the world and in the sports world the NFL is the top dog. The power that these organizations posses allow them to do anything they choose because the general public will always come back for more.
They hold the high card.
A government shut down could potentially put 4.4 million people at risk of losing their jobs and some or all of the 1.9 civilian government employees could be furloughed if they are deemed non-essential.
According to The Atlantic Wire the differences for the general public would be as follows “Unless you are one of 4.4 million people who work for the federal government, you probably won’t notice the shutdown at first, especially since many federal offices are closed on the weekend anyway. Employees considered essential – including soldiers, security personnel and intelligence workers – will remain on the job, but operations like the Smithsonian will close. As the New York Times points out, “the National Zoo will close but the lions will get fed.” Federal courts will stay open for at least a couple of weeks, operating from funds they have on hand. “After that, who knows?” courts spokeswoman Karen E. Redmond told the Times. The Post Office will stay open, as it is owned, but not operated by the federal government, but the IRS will close. That means many people waiting on refund checks will have to keep waiting. However, Social Security checks will go out.”
It is mind-boggling that the Republicans and Democrats are unable to put aside their differences and instead people will suffer. The same goes for the players and owners whose greediness caused the NFL lockout.
The NFL Lockout is a slap in the face to the hard working American, but a government shut down would be a kick in the groin.