10 things that could ruin your day if the government shuts down
That family trip to the Grand Canyon could be in jeopardy if Congress and the White House fail to reach a budget agreement.
April 7th, 2011
07:48 PM ET

10 things that could ruin your day if the government shuts down

The list of collateral effects of a potential government shutdown keeps growing and people are none too pleased about it. Here are just a few of the negative impacts that could arise if Congress and the White House fail to reach an agreement on the budget (click here to view in chart form):

  • The lawmakers who hold the cards will still get paid. Their staffers might be furloughed, though. That has prompted a few lawmakers to announce they'll refuse shutdown pay,but even that has elicited critiques of political posturing.
  • Roughly 800,000 federal workers won't get paid because they're considered nonessential and therefore, the first to be furloughed. That includes people who work in national parks because they'll be closed, ruining countless long family road trips. And it's not just the loss of income that hurts for many, it's being labeled dispensable when they know their jobs are anything but nonessential.

  • As the shutdown looms, some political leaders are taking the opportunity to fundraise and rally their supporters. The executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent out an appeal asking for a minimum $5 donation saying the organization wants to raise $100,000 in the next 36 hours.
  • You'll still get your Social Security checks but don't expect anyone to be around to answer your questions about benefits. The people who take questions on Social Security and Medicare questions will not be at work and most government websites will shut down or have limited functionality.
  • Various agencies with the Department of Health and Human Services will operate in a patchwork fashion. The National Institutes of Health will not accept new patients or start new clinical trials. The Food and Drug Administration won't operate at full capacity but will have some inspectors on staff. As a result, all FDA inspections of food processing facilities and drug manufacturing plants will be prioritized by risk.
  • Word is getting around that a government shutdown doesn't actually save taxpayers money. For one, it will cost the government money to ensure a smooth transition to a shutdown. Then there's the lost revenue from a variety of sources, from government services to gift shops in government-run attractions such as Yosemite National Park and DC's National Gallery of Art.

How would a government shutdown anger you?

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  1. Ben Dayhoe

    How about them Chicago Blackhawks, Mr. President?

    April 8, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Buck

    well they won't be happy untill everyone move's to Mexico. And we elected them to run OUR county?

    April 8, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    I bet the IRS will still be running!

    April 8, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Brounstain

      Wrong.
      No tax refund if you don't have it already.

      April 8, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brounstain

    Washington=wealthy lawyers, wealthy lobbyists, all with an agenda that is basicly to screw everyone else in the country.
    Pretty soon amerika will resemble Bangladesh, except for the gated communities for the 1% on top, complete with guard towers to keep the rabble at bay.

    April 8, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. Resolve

    Maybe we should all threaten to "shut down". If we don't work there would be no taxes. They would be forced to stay in D.C. until this problem is resolved.

    April 8, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ronald Howard

    I think all presidents now are more like toilet paper for congress. They catch most of the sh... while congress flushes. But I see you hiding back back in the back like a thief. Obama really isn't to blame. Now Bush..... well I'll just be honest. He was and I'm sure still an idiot. It seems like every time we get a decent president congress just uses them. And we as a nation can't do anything about it. It's alot like false advertisement. America land of the free. When you know if you speak up you are not heard. Congress do nothing but butt heads with each other and still manage to screw everything up.

    April 8, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Lupana

      I agree completely...What is wrong with us??!

      April 8, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brounstain

    The poor don't count.
    God bless the decadent rich.
    Unionists to the gallows.
    Elderly to the Soylent green factories.
    Amerika Uber Alles

    April 8, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ron

    That list is the best you can come up with?!?! Really goes to show how useless it really is.

    April 8, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Theresa

    If Harry Reid wants a shutdown to make the Democrats look good, he is going to get one. Let's face it folks, the Democrats have greatly fallen out of favor. This administration is about the worst this country has seen in recent memory. I'd even say worse that Carter's reign! Now that is BAD! But I digress – the dems need something in their pocket or else they lose the Senate and the Whitehouse come next election. This is something they can hold onto and finger point at the pubs in the next election. Harry Reid is only slightly less corrupt than Nancy Pelosi.

    Yes. my friends, corruption runs amuck in our government. Term limits is part of the solution.

    April 8, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. nikkkom

    > ruining countless long family road trips

    Ha Ha Ha. That's exactly what *has to happen* when we (collectively, as a country), go bankrupt: no more family road trips. Less rest, more work. And thank you previous generations of politicians and voters for spending your children's wealth by borrowing!

    April 8, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Brounstain

    Close the borders, seaports and the airports.
    Lay off CBP, Border Patrol and air traffic controllers.
    Then watch the chaos.

    April 8, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Pawpaw

    The Obama's are going on another vacation? I guess he needs the rest and relaxation after working so hard to solve all of our nations problems. NOT!

    April 8, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. erma chambers

    It is time to elect REAL professionals in Congress. Enough is quite enough!

    April 8, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Brounstain

      Yeah, send in more lawyers.
      We need Dewey, Cheatum and Howe running the show.

      April 8, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Howard

      I disagree. Do away with congress. Put a president in there who is not rich but smart enough to listen to the people of this country and save what little bit of freedom this country has left.

      April 8, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. chris

    My commute is going to be much less of a nightmare

    April 8, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. Terry - Indiana

    This is nothing more than politics, pure and simple. If the members of the House and Senate want to get my attention, let them announce that they will no longer take a salary until the United States Budget is brought into "Black Ink". Every member of the House and Senate is a fraud. They each took over $1.5 Million from pharmaceutical and healthcare insurance companies during the healthcare debate. Give that money, over $800 Million, to the US Treasury, then you will have my attention.

    April 8, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    • bill

      No "like" button – **LIKE**

      April 8, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
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