First and foremost let me be the first to say I am not, nor have I ever been a big supporter of the Obama Administration. Being more of a free spirit (and very opinionated) I have not been much of a supporter to any administration in particular. That being said I still feel a government shutdown would be one of the worst things for a country that is already so far into economic turmoil.
A Government shut down doesn’t mean that the president and a few other highly paid officials get a couple weeks off, what it means is that all of the lower level employees will be sent home without pay. I myself am not an employee of any government building, but the company I do work for supplies the government with our product and it would all be on a short term pause. The Government, luckily, is not our only customer; however they do have great impact on our schedule.
A Government shutdown would mean all of the zoos would be closed along with museums, more importantly it would likely put a damper on Medicaid/Medicare recipients. Single mothers would not be receiving the money they count on from child support, Unemployment in many states would be stalled, considering most, if not all, states are currently barrowing money from the Federal Government to cover the cost of Unemployment. Lending of Federal money would come to a standstill, and who knows what else would be put on hold.
There are not many real details being released just yet (nor is it official that it’ll even happen), but I have to wonder if all “Non-Essential” personal are going to be sent home, where are they drawing the line? With the recent events in Japan, for example will the FDA be shutting down? What about the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, are they going to be deemed essential? How about the Post Office or OSHA or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration… shouldn’t it still be essential to track the nuclear radiation levels in the ocean until there is complete restoration? Many of these agencies are crucial to our way of life, and the quality there of… Some of these were not deemed essential back in 1995!
I was actually quite upset this morning to hear that should this happen, it would be punishable, with possible termination, for people deemed Non-Essential to work even on a volunteer basis, and that they were informed that IF this happens they should turn the issued phones off and not turn them back on until they are to return to work.
As if the Unemployment rate isn’t high enough, go beyond the dollars and into people figures, this would likely add over a million more people that were not allowed to return to work, at least for a short duration.
I am not going to sit and place blame on any one person or group of people, it is not all Obama’s fault, as much as I would love to say it was. Times are bad, but I honestly, I truly and fully believe the reason we are having so many problems is because we are becoming a nation of “Have’s” and “Have Nots”. With the so called middle class fading from the typical American lifestyle to beyond most people’s reach, people are becoming very de-motivated. Living just beneath the poverty line I can tell you first hand that this “One Nation under God” Is becoming very divided.
Political debates bring strong feelings, and knowing the how the story went in 1995, I feel uneasy. This is nothing more than a citizens two cents, and my two cents says where’s the change?