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. Catherine

    I hope it does shut down then maybe some of the people that didn't suffer through the DEPRESSION can get a taste of what it's like for most of us. My son is in the military and maybe he needs a lesson also.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Darlene Durand (Canadian)

      But his lesson may be death and then what could he possibly learn.
      What kind of woman are you? I can't even give you the name, Mother.
      You are a disgrace to every woman who is loving, caring and protective of their children, young or grown.

      April 8, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Monica S.S.

    Because they will get there money ON TIME. Our government is hot mess. They feeling is they will keep disagreeing with OUR president so the country can blame him. You people are selfish. And for those that want to play dumb I AM TALKING ABOUT what is the point. Our government is going to them and screw us. If those in power five their salaries for a month we would be fine.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Angie

      Hkd on fonics wrked four mi!

      April 8, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. We get what we deserve...

    Unfortunately for the people, we are paying for what some of us have bought us – stubborn Republicans who want their way or the highway. Whoever voted for House Rep majority is getting what they wished for. Reps are continuing ti destroy the country, it's a flawed philosophy that must be kept in the minority.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Big Mack

    I guess none of you believe the 14 trillion debt is real? I can't wait for one of those Euro states to go under so you can see what happens when governments spend money they do not have.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      The debt is real enough, and most of it was spent under the direction of Republican presidents. I'm not blaming the replublicans, just saying they aren't free of responsibility. I'm all for cutting – Medicare, Medicaid, most every program, and defense. We aren't the big guy in the world any more, so stop spending money putting troops all over the world. Keep enough here in North American to protect our shores and skies and cut the rest. It's not the gov't job to keep Boeing, Lockheed, Haliburton, etc shareholders happy.

      April 8, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. American Soldier

    So if I don't get paid I will not only be broke but I won't be able to make my car payment, cell phone payment, credit card payment or my car insurance payment. So by the government not doing their job correctly my credit score will take a beating. Why do we pay our politicians again? I mean most of our senators are millionaires anyway. And I'm sure President Obama really needs that 400k a year. They are willing to spend millions of dollars to get elected so why not just not pay them? It would help greatly in balancing some of our budget problems.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Skye

    The biggest problem both with these comments and in Washington would be that no one can stop fighting long enough to see the bigger picture! This article explains what could potentially happen if the government shuts down and yes while closing the national parks seems trivial, it could become catastrophic. People losing income means they stop spending which keeps our economy going. What we need is for Washington to stop acting like Democrats and Republicans and start acting like the leaders they're supposed to be! The majority of the people voted for them for a reason, we trusted they could represent OUR best interests especially in a time like this NOT their own personal agenda. I don't care what party you side with, it's time to put aside the differences and work towards ending the recession we're in!

    April 8, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. IncredulousGeorge

    Frankly, if my job was to flip a burger and I failed to do so, I'd get canned.
    These people have a job, and it is to continue to make the government run by passing a budget. If they fail to do so, they fail at the job they are ostensibly paid to do, and should get pitched into the street like any other useless failure.
    We shouldn't pay for failure.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      AGREED...there needs to be a law that ANY GOVT OFFICIAL can be voted out at any time. I know when I got my job, it wasn't a guarantee for x amount of years. You don't perform, YOU'RE FIRED!

      April 8, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Michelle Green

    How about shaving down the welfare list to those who really need it and get the others off their duff into jobs where they can share the tax burdens. win=win I saw a FB profile today...direct copy/paste "Worked at Welfare (Bumb)Studied at nada". Seriously!!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. Victor

    Both parties are screwing is over... there's no sides to favor party here Republican... Democrat... everyone at this point should realize its people and gov. Who do u want to win?

    April 8, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Army wife

    Absolutely pathetic! Greatest country in the world can't even afford to pay for their front line that are fighting for all of us! It's time for the US to open their eyes and look at what's really happening in dc!! If were going to freeze some ones pay why don't we start at the top!!

    April 8, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Proud Canadian

    How can this happen in your country? We've had civil service strikes, but it's never affected the average citizen to this extent. National parks shut down? Soldier's families not getting paid?? The NIH won't accept new patients, the IRS not processing returns?? These are considered essential services in my country, and no government employee, agency, or union would ever hold them hostage. How can you accept this?

    April 8, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Angie

      Mind your own freakin business!

      April 8, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Darlene Durand (Canadian)

      I too am a Very Proud Canadian and agree with you totally. It's just unthinkable. The Government has just made (unless they do the right thing and Keep the Government open)the biggest mistake of their lives. I consider the U.S. people neighbors and friends and my heart goes out to each and every one. I really thought Obama was going to be one of the best U.S. Presidents, but if he allows the Government to shut down, he hit rock bottom with me.

      April 8, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Angie

      Well lucky for you Darlene nobody cares what you think about OUR president.

      April 8, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bettye

    I will lose my paycheck and I can not afford to lose it because Reps and Dems can not make up their minds. Get it done now so us Americans who work hard, can keep a roof over our heads, food in our mouths and our bills paid. Maybe instead of shutting down the Government, shut down the members of Congress and take their paychecks and lets see how fast that will make up their minds on this budget plan.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. Gatorpaw

    Aah! OMG! Not the Government. No! Not the Government, anything but the Government...

    April 8, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. Daniel

    A government shut down brought about economic progress back in 1995.
    I'll bet that American's have already forgotten, and this is simply an attempt is to recreate the very same conditions.
    Good for Obama!

    April 8, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Name*jason

    Here is the problem the government is way to big for its own good . Shrinking it and getting rid of a few programs is what they have to do. The government was not ment to take care of people the way it has been. It sucks because even I have been helped , but that is the only way to get out of this hole we are all in.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
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