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. Tracy

    Perfect example why EDUCATION SYSTEMS FAILS, if we can not educate people such as Mike they live a life of narrow minded fear based paradigms.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Cletus

    I can't believe the idiots elected to run this country for THE GOOD OF THE PEOPLE are actually entertaining the idea of shutting down. I think it might be more cost effective to shut down the 3 wars we are in. The daily cost of the wars are staggering. I am all for protecting freedom, but I think at this point there is no direct threat to this country half way around the world and we would not be a compromised position if we just withdrew and focused on the 350M people in need of competent leadership who is actually acting in the best interest of the county as a whole...a shut is not the answer. It's just a B.S. way of one party protesting the other and the only victims are the American people.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Ginger

    I would like to know what the average wealth of a Congressmen is vs the average wealth of a member of our military. I suspect that Congress is an a much better position to have their paychecks suspended. In addition, I think all people who get their pay suspended should boycott all paying of bills. Let's see how fast this gets resolved if banks, credit card companies, AT&T etc. Stop getting paid too.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Lori

    Eminem said it best when he called this place the "divided states of embarrassment"!!

    April 8, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. ladyk74

    Dear Government, if you feel the need to stop paying our military personnel, then I think you should feel the need to stop paying yourselves. I'd like to see you support your family without a pay check! By the way, maybe if you take your pay check down to less than $100K it would help some of the budget issues in America. I'd like to see you survive on enlisted military pay and veteran pay!

    April 8, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Montana Chef

    If the national parks shut down, not only will I be out of business, I will have to return thousands of dollars in deposits I took from park visitors for summer reservations. All the businesses around Glacier Park (and all the other mountain parks) will cease to exist because we have only a three month season in which to earn a living. But heh, I'm more than willing to give up my business and everything I've worked for all my life so women won't be told about abortion. I'm tickled pink to do my part.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Alex

    Snarf, i want to punch you in your suck you disrespectful little punk!

    April 8, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • SNarf

      It is the truth, I'm not making it up. It is obvious about ethics troops pull anyways. Yes, in fact they signed a contract. Too bad they are owned by uncle sam. If uncle sam wants to hold their check that is their problem. They put themselves in that situation. You all voted for the change you can count on, I hope all of you are satisfied with the change Obama has brought. Hope your enjoying it! :)

      April 8, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Steve

    We are all screwed. The Federal Government is going broke. The deficit needs to be brought under control. Politicians need to start doing their jobs the people elected them to do. I don't think people realize how far in debt our Federal Government is in right now. We are so far in debt it would take at least $55,000 from every man, woman, and child that lives in the United States to pay back the debt. The spending cuts the politicians are talking about right now don't even come to 1% of our debt.

    The sad thing is we are running out of time to fix the debt. Pretty soon every dollar coming into the Federal Government will go just to pay off the interest on the Federal Government debt. Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve Chairman, doesn't have a clue what is going. He got Federal Reserve printing presses printing out $2.5 million dollars per minute or $3.5 Billion dollars per day just to keep banks loaning money out. The reason gold does not back up the U.S. dollar right now is there is not enough gold in the whole entire world to back up U.S. currency. The only thing backing up the dollar right now is thin air. Different states around the country are recognizing gold and silver coins over paper currency because of how unstable the U.S. dollar is right now.

    Can you imagine what will happen if China decides to pull all their money out of our Federal Government right now because of how unstable our Government finances are right now? It would bankrupt this country. We are running out of time to turn things around.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. CarolStrick

    Democrats, get a darned backbone. Republicans: get some true ethics. Voters: make some smart choices!

    April 8, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. necey

    Why dont they cut out these women who r kicking out the babys,and also the drug addicts who r getting ssi checks,Just because the are drug addicts.The forenger come over here and get a ssi check.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. willie

    Amazing how short our memory is about the "no-money-no-spendee" mandate of the last elections. Take credit or blame for however you voted..or didn't vote. There now...that should end all the pointless dribble.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. David

    This is article is just a scare tactic. The Military WILL get paid. They CAN take care of themselves. The people in power need to know they cant just get us in debt and not have a consequence. This will be a good thing.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dawn

      Yes the military will get paid but not on time! Tell that to my creditors when I have to continue to pay my bills on time. My husband is deployed and if he does not get paid (on time) he still has to work his butt off but our creditors won't care they just want there money on time. I too work but my pay won't cover all our bills along with feeding our kids. If I can't afford to put gas in my car because I'm trying to pay my bills on time then I won't be able to go to work and then what, no check for me either.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. faceman

    Myself and many more military personnel on the front line have enough on our plates. But congress still get pay. How about the ones that are putting their life on the line, is that fear Mr congress.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. D.Cook

    Stop lawmakers paychecks!Especially John Boehner,maybe the decision could come sooner. We the people and ones who serve our country should suffer for the suits who cant even come to an agreement, give me a break!

    April 8, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Josh

      Blaming Boehner because the article does? Look into it. Fiscal year starts in October 2010, budget is due before then. Democrats had majority, could have passed a budget and avoided all of this. Question is, why didn't the democrats do it then?

      April 8, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. alexlh

    I am in the military and my husband is a Marine serving in Afghanistan, whoever believes that we are going to be paid on time is sadly mistaken. We are having a brief in about four hours to discuss what will happen to us when the government shuts down. The only people guaranteed a paycheck are those in congress, funny how that works. Maybe if their paychecks were affected they would be more likely to speed things up and come to a resolution, instead of fighting like children.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
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