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. Rick

    If you really want to be educated on the economics of this country and world read a book called "The Shock Doctorin" by Niomi Klien this might help some of you to take your heads out of your asses. Republicans only want Obama to fail so that they can point figures at the next elections.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • FLcommenting

      Democrats also want Republicans to fail so that they can point fingers during the next election. Neither party is any better than the other!

      April 8, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Tired of BS

      This is way beyond Republican and Democratic party. Open your eyes and you will see the problem with the government now is we have two opposing teams fighting to be top dog. It's time for an overhaul of the system because the system as it is no longer works.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. captain americas

    they need to nuke washington DC! this country would be much better off

    April 8, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Operation American Freedom

      Troops, come home! We need you!
      We are under attack by domestic terrorists. They call themselves Congress!

      Dont wait for the government to bring you home, come back now. We need you to march on Washington and take back our country. You can use all the tax money we are currently sending to Iraq for private contractors who are supposedly rebuilding that country ( I have yet to see it looking like anything other than a landfill though) to rebuild ours.
      Your first priority is defending your homeland. Theyve sent you away, far from home and now they are running rampant and terrorizing the citizens and laws they were oath bound to honor and uphold.
      Please Hurry!!! We cant...hold out....much ....longer.

      April 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brad

    Here is an idea to fix this economy and prevent events like this. Let's leagalize pot, impose a "fat tax" on unhealthy food/drink, rid our self of this rediculously outdated tax system with the fair tax, and end, the stupidest thing ever, tax free churches.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      I have never understood, why we made churches tax free. Separation of church and state would not be compromised as long as we tax them equally to each other and any other business. As it is they are treated better/special compared to other business.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • NYPrincessTt

      Brad, you are a total genius. I agree with everything you say.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. David

    Who on hear is going to reelect any of these fools, if they shut down the government? We all need to think real hard about who we vote for.

    The budget at this level is easy to do. You start with 100%, take from that what ever % is SS, what % is are debt payment, on and on. You have 100% to work with, we all do a budget for ourselves, some better than others. Congress does not make detailed budgets. For example what ever % you give to education, it will be up to the Department of Education to work out the details.

    Let's all plan on voting these fools out, if we don't we have no one to blame but ourselves.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scott

    NONE of these things will ruin my day. SHUT IT DOWN. It's just exaggerated drama to get people fired up. The world will still turn.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      You can't fix a problem by kiss EVERYONE'S A$$. So what....some people must suffer. It's life.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Peggy

      The ones who suffer should be the ones on top not the public or military start with taking the presidents and congress pay and go down from there by time they cut the big dogs there won't be any need to cut employees or any medical

      April 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marie

    This is ridiculous! Like the girl said on CNN last night. This date didn't come up as a surprise, and anyone else that took this long on a project and caused these kinds of consequences would be fired from their job without question!!!! They need to get there act together and agree on something. More negative is at stake if they keep butting heads. We are supposed to be one of the best countries???? Then get your crap together and prove b/c right now I see a bunch of immature people complaining that they want it their way or no way. You are not ordering a burger at mcdonalds!!!!!!! Compromise and fix it! Just know that the American public and everyone else is watching. With everything going on all over the world, the last thing we need is a lose in patriotism and to leave ourselves vulnerable!

    April 8, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jimbo

    The National Parks will be closed that are payed by us for us to enjoy, they will still employ the Rangers to make sure that we don't get into the park. We are paying the Rangers salary with our taxes to keep us out of an area that is payed for by us! Stupid!.

    You Rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park better have your snowshoes ready and ate your Wheaties for breakfast because I'm coming in and you will have to catch me, this isn't going to be easy for you.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • FLcommenting

      You and me both! Starting April 16th is Free National Parks Week...they can't keep me out!

      April 8, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • BldrRepublican

      I was wondering about this....if they are "onsite", aren't they technically "off duty"?? They are no different than a "civilian" at that point in time...

      April 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      I guess they are viewed the same a police officers, so the rangers will still be on duty. Everyone else is off.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. andyman 5000


    April 8, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Broski


      April 8, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jimmy J

    TBH, they should shut down and they most definitely should trim government down. It's bloated and causing ridiculous tax needs. Where I live people are losing jobs, companies are closing left and right...in the mean time the city is paving roads, buying properties, building new facilities. While I know funds for a year may have been allocated at a different time, I would most definitely hope they could think on their feet a bit and have the skills to re-allocate and save a community. While these people pad their pockets, save their jobs and have no idea what the rest of THEIR community goes through they want us to care that they might be out of work for a week. You get the same advice the rest of us would get...go find a new job if you don't like it, there are plenty of people lined up looking for work.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. j

    Why will websites be shut down? Unless a server crashes no person is needed there. Wasn't that the whole idea but instead they take everyone hostage and shut them down?

    April 8, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. This is crazy

    WOW! It just shows how ignorant and uneducated people can be. I am not a hugh Obama fan but this mess is from both sides of the isle. I always thought the government worked for the people, how did we get to this point???

    April 8, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      I know! Anyone who is trying to say it's the other parties fault is a moron. This is a problem both sides have their fat fingers in.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Schniggy VonFlugen

      This is where you're mistaken. The government is not about governing the people. It's about them lining their pockets. As long as the fundamental problem exists wherein those making the laws can profit by those same laws, the issue will continue. Get used to it....

      April 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hokiepokie95

      This is one of the most intelligent blogs on here... completely agree.

      April 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • airial

      We got here because those in control of the government last Oct. didn't do their job and it wasn't the Republicans and that only leaves one other choice.

      April 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Why dont you read these posts and you will see how we got to this point. Government is only a reflection of the people. We can't agree here so why is it a surpise that our govt cant agree. Do you think that the minute you get elected you become a saint?

      April 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gail

      It got this way because goverment no longer works for the people!The kind of tax payers pay congress if there is a shut down they all should be fired. People remember those who cannot do their jobs. Ironic they dont do their jobs but still get paid.Taxpayers really need to rally together and get some changes made. Should we do like Egypt did? They banned together and got those runnin g the country out of there.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. norcalmojo

    ROFL@ lost revenue from gift shop sales.

    What a bunch of tripe.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Montana Chef

      You think this whole thing is about gift shop sales? Ever eaten tripe? If our failed government keeps on like this, that might be all you can afford to eat. I hope you like cow stomach. Remember you were warned.

      April 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jeramy paulk

    I hope the oil in Iraq and Kuwait was worth all of this. Yes 9/11 I remember. But who remembers us, the USA? I say pull the troops, let them over there fight. We have our own issues.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. Just one voice

    Nobody wants their taxes raised so they will have to make major cuts. Yes it's going to hurt. Yes alot of us will suffer as we have been the past few years, but we are broke! We need major cuts. This isn't about liberals or conseratives, it's about us, the American citizens. And the majority of the American citizens are still facing hardship today. The spending has to stop and must be reduced.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      The American people have made enough tough cuts. Now it's the governments turn!

      April 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alex

    I propose the American people take a vote of no confidence in the congress.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
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