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. America has never been about the people

    You can't just cut things and think it going to make things better. You dumb rednecks don't understand that.when you cut social programs that only leads to more crime in the areas you live in. You think the hungry person is going to rob you or the rich person that they can't reach. Ask yourself why do they cut education but fund war, because they Need dumb mindless troops to fight the war to make the rich even rich.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jason

    united we stand. If we don't unite then we will fall. No matter who the president is. Congress has do to what is right for the country, President is there to direct them he is only on person and everything goes through congress.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. Looty McLootson

    Well ladies and gentlemen. Let looting begin.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. BoilerGuy

    So... if there is a government shutdown, that means we don't have to pay taxes, right? Oh wait, we do... I forgot, the "government shutdown" only means they don't have to pay US.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. They Volunteered If They Are Fighting To Protect Us They Don't Need Military Pay

    Corrupted traitor politicians have become the new “Domestic Terrorists “… We must act now because our government is blacking out media and the real Internet news. This is a protesting idea we all should work on. It will take some motivation, effort and support from the public though. Everyone nation wide organize protesters by state and counties to protest/march to your local downtown government or political office the public majority has agreed on. Then pick a day nation wide all citizens will march/meet like Jan1, 2012, or something to show we are taking back our country for the New Year. For citizens without cars or money or if you’d rather support public transportation… Organize gently with public transportation workers and operators working all railways, buses, and air transportation to look the other way to allow all USMOA citizen volunteers a free/commandeered transport to and from rally points for the day to support the take back of the U.S.A by the people to save us all. Basically the USMOA citizens all at once on a day must commandeer all public transportation lines to support our cause as a federal emergency act to restore order in our government to save lives. Taking back our country starts is here pass-it on!

    Support yourself & countrymen at http://usmoa.org/

    April 8, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mike Snyder

    I just drove 3,500 miles from the Pacific NW, to go on a civil war battlefield tour for my honeymoon. We planned on visiting a dozen national park service locations in and around VA. If they are closed and inaccessible, i'm going to be more than angry about it., Perhaps I should sue the senators for breach of contract with the American people.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • syryn7

      So sorry your vaction might be ruined. I wouldn't be getting paycheck which means I can't pay bills, buy groceries, or fill up my gas tank. But my sympathies are definately with you.

      April 8, 2011 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Travis Hulbert

      Are you really complaining that your vacation might get ruined? Listen you self centered piece of shizzle, there are hundreds of thousands of federal employees about to be unemployed, not to mention a countless number of civilians that were contracted by the government. Also, now that all of these people are going to be unemployed, do you think there is going to be very much money getting pumped into our already effed up economy? NO. You can sit there and say "this doesn't affect me so I don't care" all you want, but at the end of the day all this is going to do is make America weaker, and all you care about is your vacation. F YOU!

      April 8, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. SD

    Our government waged war on several troubled nations in the middle east, WITHOUT the approval of congress. Again, WITHOUT the approval of congress. (Checks and balances anyone? 3 branches of gvmt? Cmon its elementary stuff).
    Also in order for our country to declare war on another nation, we must have legitimate reasons. Reasons that include AN ATTACK on US soil or its people; not just a SUSPECTED or POSSIBLE threat; much like the non-existant "wmd's" that our government suspected these middle eastern countries were harboring. Our very own government has created laws to bend other laws into their favor.
    This stupid budget that they want to negotiate can easily be met by ending these pointless wars. Not by cutting medicare, welfare, and grants. ESPECIALLY in this economy. A shutdown will further ruin out financial state and strain american families. No country out there poses any sort of threat to the US, so why stick our nosewhere its not wanted? The answer is simply greed. There are after things that the refuse to let the public know.

    Wake up people, it doesn't take a genius to realize that our government is toying with us. There's a government behind our government, the one we don't see or here. These "officials" you see in the media are mere puppets.

    Open your eyes people.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. SD

    Our government waged war on several troubled nations in the middle east, WITHOUT the approval of congress. Nothing goes throughh congress anymore. we might as well not even have one.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. shut 0bama down

    If gov shuts down it will save money. B0 costs us big bucks every hr he is there. He has had since 0ct to do this. Last week he appointed some gal who did bake sales to raise money, to the budget committe. He is a joke.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. han

    I wish we could have a re-election of congress, but I bet we would still have the same problem. Face it people we screwed up on the congressional elections

    April 8, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
    • dan

      I agree with you. send them all home.let them collect unemployment .

      April 8, 2011 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ahmad

    Ladies and gentlemen- we're not taking about Dubai here- we're talking about the United States...why do you think that the only people stressing are the voters and the politicians? Business-people are not stressing because basic economics talks about the business cycle. What goes up must come down and in the US, what goes down will surely come back up. Our economy was overvalued completely and this recession is simply correcting that. This will need to happen everywhere around the world for the next 5-10 years. Then- you will see a new America emerge- as long as Obama follows through with his measures.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Just a man with a thought

      You're right, there are such things as business cycles. However, you have to look at the long-term trends and history. The US was built and grew on invention and manufacturing. We can no longer efficiently manufacture at costs of other countries. Our entry-level, customer service and data processing positions are being offshored. Our only advantage is our creativity and innovation. However, as our education system continues to move down the world rankings there will likely be less invention and we will have to import that too. Do I think we can recover? Absolutely, but the US can't operate as it has in the past and simply say "We will be fine, it is just a business cycle."

      April 8, 2011 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Forevever

    Thanks to the NRA (rock on!) there is more Fire power in civilian homes than there is in the military. The reason I BELIEVE they're cutting military and not SSI and other forms of aid, is because they figure the people in the military get paid pretty freaking good compared to the rest of the country, and SHOULD have been wise with their money, enough so that they can suffer a few weeks before RECEIVING the pay they're owed, which of course they'll eventually get, assuming the entire economy doesn't crash (here's hoping). If you cut off funds to poor people, it'll be civil war. I can just see it now, a million welfare recipients decending on the White House. Meanwhile if you're in the military and you're wondering how to pay the rent? Sell your TV, Game system, clothing, furniture, and whatever else you bought frivolously. You only need food, water, and shelter to survive, and sometimes not even that much.

    Now IF the Dems cave, then I'll come back here and blame Obama for everything bad coming. Cause as someone else said (who's name I forget now) – the republicans are the ones blindly saying "NO" to everything the dems want to do.

    Except war of course – gotta get that oil before its gone!!

    April 8, 2011 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Fed up w/the zeitgeist

      Clearly you never served. You average serviceman/woman makes less than, I repeat, LESS THAN, MINIMUM WAGE. I know, I am a vet, and remember that my," pretty freaking good pay," was less than what I made in high-school working at McDonalds.

      April 8, 2011 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
    • FEDupSoldier

      I agree that this person has never served. What an idiot to try and place his theroy on what we do/make. Less then minnimum wage. Yes we have some perks but that does not even biggin to cover the amount we put out and in for you to say what you are saying. Yes Some wars maybe we shouldnt be in but that is not a soldiers decision! Wwe do our job that we SIGNED a contract that promises to pay the small amount. We volunteer because we believe in America and our freedom but do not try and slam the service members that fight for you. You want to pick up your gun and march to the white house bt remeber the soldiers you are putting down will be standing there waiting for you.

      April 8, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. syryn7

    What I fail to understand is how the h*ll do the members of Congress continue to get paid in the event of a shutdown yet NONE of the servicemembers do. I can't speak for all the other military families, but mine is cannot afford to not get paid next week... I have groceries to buy, car payments to make, and 1/2 the rent is supposed to come out of just this next check! I really hope those people in Congress understand how much they're messing with our lives. Time for them to compromise on whatever they need to to stop this shutdown.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Raylan Gibbons

    A shutdown is evidence our system has failed. I am a proud American who's ancestors have served and fought for my right to speak. President Obama and all others on Capital Hill should be ashamed of themselves and announced their resignation my friend Erik M. An American heart with solutions.

    April 8, 2011 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. shawne

    I dont understand why we keep emphasizing military is volunteer work, isnt every single job volunteer work? And for all the smart asses who have to correct other people U should open up a dictionary and see what volunteer means!

    Nobody forces one to work anywhere. Many many cities exist because of a nearby military installation, sure u may work at a walmart or nearby mcds but did u think idk maybe if military dont get paid somewhere down the line u wont either? Thats whats wrong with this country instead of standing and supporting ur neighbor u, with congress, want to point fingers and say not me! Its disgusting.

    We need to unite as a nation and let congress know this is unexceptable. Regardless of fault, whats done is done. Military or not, we, as citizens, should not wonder if we have a job come monday. Yeah sure u might get back pay so I guess we can post date checks for car payments, insurance, mortgage for God knows how long?

    This nation has lost its compassion sitting here reading all these comments is disgusting. You have the same mentality as the morons running the show. Stick up for ur neighbor. Someone u know will be affected by this shutdown, are u gonna sit there and belittle ur friend? Its seems like if your not specifically affect, u find humor in the situation. Do we not realize the impact this will cause.

    I propose all congress n mr president gjve up their salaries to make up the deficit. Obviously theyve been getting paid to do jack! It should have never come to this. So instead of beating down the comment u just read because their a dem or rep n saying its theif fault, blame it all on congress, n SUPPORT YOUR NEIGHBOR NO MATTER WHO THEY BE!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
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