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. ekass

    and i thought the NFL lockout was bad.....

    this is ridiculous how can they not reach an agreement to keep everything running? There are lives at risk.

    April 8, 2011 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
    • RE@BadGalsRadio.com

      omg, you think they care about Lives being at risk ?
      as long as THEIR LIVES are not at risk – this is just a 9 – 5 to the Bankstas in Control.
      the NFL has incentive to finish their negotiations. the Bankstas are still getting paid
      even when they shut down the government. did you realize that ?

      April 8, 2011 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Rush21

      NFL... NFShmell.... I'm watching Lingerie Football League this season.

      April 8, 2011 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ronald Howard

    Land of the free my butt. You think the American people want this? We shout and it goes in one ear and out the other. Congress are going to do what ever they want. They are nothing but a bunch of rich snobby thugs stealing from Americans. They wouldn't be doing this if they were the ones who were going to suffer. Land of the free my butt. Freedom was thrown out the window a long time ago.

    April 8, 2011 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
    • RE@BadGalsRadio.com

      call em what they are sir
      "Bankstas" just a buncha rich thugs with bank..
      our bank.

      April 8, 2011 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Larkins

      Mr. Howard you are so right. The people elected to represent us in Washington, have no common ground with us. They are mostly wealth professionals, who have not faced the struggles of everyday life in years or if at all. Their behavior is childish at best. They make promises that they have no intention of keeping, and always seem to have a scape goat for anything that goes wrong. We have not lost our freedom by way of invasion from another nation, our own leaders have taken it from us by not taking care of OUR issues and sticking their noses in THEIR affairs. Spending billions on wars that can not be won. While American children live in poverty and our educational system is in shambles. WE deserve BETTER than this.

      April 8, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul Banta

      Unfortunately, the rich, snobby thugs are the only ones we get to vote for because they're the only ones with the resources to get their names on the ballot and their faces on the media. The most qualified people to run this country are the ones we'll never know about simply because their integrity prohibits them from participating in the expensive and confrontational election process in this country. Sadly, this will never change and so we'll always be limited to the crop of influenced-peddled, compromising, usual suspects simply because the good ones are hidden and quiet.

      April 8, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lou50

    what a bunch of lame reasons. everyone is supposed to have six months worth of cash to cover things like this. time to fall back on that and after six months you might have a problem. number two the people in the district need to pay their own trash pick up like the rest of the country. seven million people working for the federal government, lay half off for good. children are in school not many road trips for families this time of year. what kind of hysterical clown came up with these lame excuses. only 52% of the voters are dumb enough, less gubmint workers, would fall for that.

    April 8, 2011 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
    • DC resident

      Just to clarify – DC residents do pay taxes that covers trash pick-up. However, the DC budget has to be approved by Congress. That means that in the event of a shotdown, DC is treated like a federal agency. We pay taxes, but we don't have a vote in Congress. That is the reason DC license plates read "taxation without representation".

      April 8, 2011 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
    • creole225

      Clearly you need to walk in the shoes of someone less fortunate.

      April 8, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Larkins

      Lou50, are you serious. The average military family should have six months of savings? The people that work at the National zoo doing the dirty work should as well? Its great that you are able to save in such a manner. People should do just that, however, most americans cannot. Speaking as a retired member of the military, and O.I.F veteran, you would make little if any sense.

      April 8, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Most people who HAD 6 months pay probably had to cut into it when they lost their jobs in the DEPRESSION

      April 8, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ronald Howard

    I don't even vote. Because I figured out a long time ago that they are just a bunch of idiots.

    April 8, 2011 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
    • "big worm "

      A b

      April 8, 2011 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Julie in Austin

      Congratulations - you're a major part of the problem. The people who've been out buying politicians left and right make sure to vote. You need to start voting for candidates who =aren't= putting the interests of mega-corporations and the wealthy first. Unless you happen to be a mega-corporation or one of those 400 people who control 50% of this country's wealth.

      April 8, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Howard

      No I don't vote because for as long as I've been alive presidents have no say over congress. We are all going to suffer here. I'm not poor but I'm not rich. Where the hell have you been? Haven't you read the news? Unless your one of those rich snobs you will be catching the short end too.

      April 8, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Shut'er down

    It's way too beneficial for everybody to "Shut'er Down" to have an agreement. The Pubs can claim Dems are the big spenders that refuse to change thier ways. Dems say Pubs won't compromise. Teabaggers sit in the corner and cry till they get there way. If they dont get thier way then they stomp and pout till it all breaks down and then blame everyone else.
    The only way we won't shut down is if Dems give in to T/Pub demands, which means goodbye middle/lower class help. You're on your own now. Sorry seniors, you may have changed our diapers and raised us but your a drag on the economy so you're gonna have to go. Pregnant teens, college students, Union workers... Teachers, Scientists, Scholars... I hope you're paying attention.

    April 8, 2011 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      As you continue, with your "intelligencia" friends, to bash the Tea Party representatives, think carefully because the largest party in this country is Independents, which includes Tea Party supporters (who are independents, not part of any political party). These people, whom you bash and trash, are far more motivated to act and to vote than you and your progressive friends; the "silent majority" has awakened and you will feel its power.

      Take that to your next union meeting.

      April 8, 2011 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      @Kevin.....I am a independent voter and most certainly Do Not follow you TEA baggers ...I don't go along with your way of "thinking". I am an independant voter because I have a brain of my own. I make an informed decision by facts.... not because my "party" tells me to.

      April 8, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. RJ

    I have the perfect solution ..... fly them all to Afghanistan, no phones, no internet, tent to sleep in on a cot... and then NO MONEY, oh and make sure their family is in a foreign country with no car or household goods. 24 hours or less and this would all be over. Then just for good measure ... make them stay a year.

    April 8, 2011 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
    • commonsense

      I assume you mean Congress, right? Great idea – send them someplace where they can't do any more damage.

      April 8, 2011 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
    • RE@BadGalsRadio.com

      wowww,,,, You must tell me where you blog
      so i can drop through. you got that ish on lock.

      April 8, 2011 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. theUG

    Maybe I should change my name to &#9733 “federal budget stalemate” &#9733 ... I might be able to obtain a better response from the Kansas City Kansas Unified Government (UG) when they GET CAUGHT illegally dumping in front of my house... not to mention their city trash services truck creating a 12 INCH ditch in the grass in front of my house. This fortunately was CAUGHT BY SECURITY CAMERAS and posted on YouTube
    &#9733 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJTevm_EtsE
    &#9733 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYQ5AEySCoA

    And to think, on 03/31/2011 Google picked KCK to be its first ultra-fast broadband network site (out of 1100 competing cities). Just don't expect help from the KCK city services.

    Maybe I should change my name to “GOOGLE”. I might be able to obtain a better response from the Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas.

    April 8, 2011 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Soldier

    I'm currently overseas in Iraq receiving rocket attacks on a regular basis, me and my fellow Soldiers are risking our lives daily because of congress and they want to not pay us?! Sounds like slave labor to me........

    April 8, 2011 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Shut'er down

      You're right. That's the point here<-

      April 8, 2011 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
    • RE@BadGalsRadio.com

      oh ooooooohhhhhh.... please do not forget that
      You and your military family are the end target of these Bankstas.
      to them you are pieces in a game. i feel for you cause I got fam there too.

      April 8, 2011 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
    • GovernmentContr

      You would think that the DoD money would not be touch because of the troops, but you have people on here talking about the wrong things. The troops have already recieved a email stated that "they have to continue to work" reguardless of the current situtation. I think that is BS!!! You guys are getting shot at, bombed on a daily basis and the government expects you to continue to fight for the American people, the same people who are not fighting for you, but worrying about their trash getting picked up, or parks shutting down, and other useless things!!

      April 8, 2011 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
    • me

      Welcome to a world without union; where the power of people has been swallowed up with the excuse of saving money. We are allowing governments and businesses to become all-powerful. When you sign up for the military or sign a contract of employment, you are signing your soul and civil liberties over. The working class and elderly are becoming Germany's Jews and we are letting it happen.

      April 8, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
    • my 2 cents

      your not there because of congress, your there because you signed up to be there

      April 8, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ronald Howard

    Yes we can! Oh wait Obama. What's that sound?......That's congress saying no you can't!

    April 8, 2011 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Howard III

      No Wait you sound like a DAMN FOOL! Support your country. We didnt get here over night or just recently. This stuff has been brewing for quite some time it has just taken a little longer to reach the surface. All of you narrow minded people are trying to make current administration take the fall for all that is going on today without looking and the steps that were taken to get us here before President OBAMA took office. #NARROW MINDED# U ARE####

      April 8, 2011 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Howard

      If you read my earlier post about when I said freedom was gone when George Washington left office then you would know that I know this has been brewing for a long time. I was just making a point that Obama really has no say in this. But I guess you missed that. Simple minded "you" are.

      April 8, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Shut'er down

    Oh, by the way... All of this budget crap is a distraction. Real small potatoes. None of this bickering is going to change a damn thing when the Dollar index plumits, the US is revoked from Aaa credit status, and hyperinflation hits. (thanks Ben Bernakie!)

    April 8, 2011 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. Linda

    If I have been working since January and got absolutely nothing done, I would be fired!! The biggest crooks in this country are in our government. Funny how the government is so nonproductive but get away with lining their pockets with our money!!!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Duke13

    Since the Citizens of the United States own the United States (not just members of Congress) temporarily fund the Goverment for 90 days, and during that time prepare a binding referendum of the most contentious issues, i.e. Obamacare, war in Iraq, war in Afghanistan, U.S. Military bases in other foreigh Countries, rescinding the Bush era tax cuts, etc. and let the Citizens vote on what policies or programs will be cut or continued.

    Congress appropriates OUR taxpayer money for all these policies and programs and the average citizen has no say whatsoever on how their taxpayer money is expended.

    It is time for the Citizens to take back OUR Country from the politicians who are only interested in their party philosophy and the public be damned.

    I'm just an old man who most likely won't be around to see it, but if radical changes are not made I fear that we are steadily moving towards anarchy. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that what we have seen recently in Egypt and other Countries could happen in the U.S.

    I'm nearly 70 years old and in my lifetime I have never seen as much discontentment as exists in America today.

    April 8, 2011 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
    • RE@BadGalsRadio.com

      I am so with you Duke.
      I'm 55 and just plain tired of this.
      We Need Citizen Oversight and Veto Power NOW.

      April 8, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. RE@BadGalsRadio.com

    Have you all ever just wanted to slap a bish ?

    Really, These congressclowns betta think carefully today about their jobs because that clowncar seems
    awfully overloaded. no doubt some of em got-2-go.
    they're chosing/making bad things happen for no reason to people everywhere.
    That's a karmic mistake that they'll regret.
    ain't too much gonna hold back the hate of a whole nation; and it's world dependents.
    they're gonna feel this – Oh Yes They Willllllllllll...

    April 8, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff stockton

    Wow what a biased piece of reporting. Come on CNN. How about talking about not blaming one party only and talking about the long term ramifications of all this debt

    April 8, 2011 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ronald Howard

    I agree Duke13. Things need to change and change fast before they have millions of Americans knocking on the door of the White House asking "Just what in the hell are you all thinking?" Then they would have bigger problems on their hands. Things are going to just get alot worse I'm afraid.

    April 8, 2011 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
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