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. hotheaded

    Some of you have made great post responses. Yet, there are few that seem to be a waste of time. My questions to you all is, what will we as individuals do about America's future. These simple post and complaints are just that. It really doesn't matter who's fault it is, what is in the past is in the past. We are living in the present day and wondering what tommorrow with bring. If we as individuals are not worried about what tommorrow holds for us then we are all in trouble:(
    There is concerning web-site http://www.endofamerica10.com (as we know it), this gentleman is trying to sell something (of course) but during his power point display he makes many valid points. Maybe his valid points have something to do with the potential Government shutdown.
    I for one have served in the military, so I disagree with the negative comments made towards our troops. Just like the man said, "it is not like he has a choice to leave or pick up another job". I have often wondered why our troops have to fight so many Wars without other countries supporting us. The cost of War is crippling our Country, bring our troops home.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. michael sisco

    they need to think about somebody other than themselves. obama and congress and the partys need to think about what will happen to them. o boy they still get checks, yay for them, old people need the money more than them. and guess what, if they do shut it down they need to think about if there security can protect them from somebody snipeing them down from a mile away. just sayin, look what happend to jfk.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. b

    I know a lot of u are wondering what is going to happen and there is a lot of uncertainty but just remember: God will NEVER leave u nor forsake u and HE will supply ALL of ur NEEDS according to HIS riches. Keep the faith and just believe. HE will make a way out of no way. Just PRAY and BELIEVE. Talk to HIM daily. That's the only way u can make it in these times without going insane

    April 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jacob

    Im so sick of government. It would be nice if political appointed americans would do what they say besides doing what they want when they are in office. Its so unprofessional for our elected lawmakers beat around a bush when being questioned and come up with a response that has nothing to do with the questions. Im not for either party what happen to a true democratic or republican? Average Americans are held accountable every day, why can't law makers? (President W Bush needs to answer for wrongfully starting an Iraq war by his administration gathering false information and brain washing and blaming it on past administrations) What happen for the people? Our fore fathers are rolling over in their grave with extreme disappointment... America isn't disappointing but the american lawmakers are!

    April 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. United States Marine

    They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
    Benjamin Franklin.

    This quote may not seem like it applies to our countries financial situation,but it applies to Big Government, and Big Government is why we are in this situation. Big Government is what is slowly tacking our Liberties away.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
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  7. Alice

    well , if the goverment shuts down , we should find a rich mate , there are many rich guys in site:seekrichsingles . why not go for a look ....?

    April 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norma

      Hi , alice , are you in that site http://www.seekrichsingles.com ? I have an account in that site too ...can you join me ?

      April 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. me

    I'm a military wife. We have 4 kids. How am I supposed to feed my kids without money? This isn't just about the men and women in the military but their families too. My husband still has to go to work, without being paid or he will be arested. I can't get a job that will pay enough to cover the daycare for me to work let alone to pay my rent on top of that.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • United States Marine

      Remember, the service member told to arrest your husband is not getting paid either.

      April 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alice

      yeah , I love kids and I can't make them feel poor , are your kids lovely ?

      April 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Federal Tech.

    As a soldier, I am going to leave with this, I don't do what I do for money, but without the money I can't do what I do.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • United States Marine

      Well said!

      April 7, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Richard NYC

    "the nation's capitol stands to miss out " Does anybody know how to spell "capital" any more? Are there no more copy editors?

    April 7, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steve Lyons

    Well if the parks are closed the rangers won't be there to stop me from visiting the land that belongs to the US taxpayers. Better still no admission. They cannot arrest me if they are furloughed.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Preston

      Yeah, but who will give you the map and "carry in, carry out" plastic trash bag?

      April 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Josh-ohio

    Does anyone know if the US Postal Service will be shut down as well?

    April 7, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Preston

      No, it won't (at least not because of this heh). The postal service is self-funding - it doesn't depend on federal money. Furthermore, it is classified as an essential federal infrastructure service, right up there with things like police protection and health care. They can't even agree to bring it down to 5 days a week because it is so essential lol.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tessi11

    Age old problem still rearing its ugly head. Now, there is a new threat to the well-being of American Middle-Class. They're call themselves the (Tea Party) a Republican far-right thinking group. These people disguise themselves as "Christian, Catholics, Mormon and Protestant believers in Jesus Christ. However, when it comes to sacrafice don't be surprise they don't know what that means. Republicans believe that abortion is evil, but they support poverty by taking from the sweat and backs of working Americans'. Their number one goal was to give tax breaks to the wealthy. Tell me Mr. and Ms, Republican do prerfer to watch children dying because of poor healthcare and lack of food, or a undeveloped mass with no life; ended by a mother who can't support it. Who take care of children being born in America!! Not Republican- Tax Payers (working-class), who you take advantage of daily. No more religious agenda in Washington, just straight politics. America stop the foolishness, Republicans don't give a rats ass about Abortions other than it makes a name for them next election. Lol, just try to take away rights to bare-arms (NRA).

    April 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tim

    on 1992 Bill Clinton (Democrat) was elected and 8 years later left office with a 200 or so billion dollar surplus. Yes, blah, blah, blah he had a republican congress for much of this but thanks to Bush 1 breaking his pledge and his 1993 tax increases 1st surplus in ? years. * years later under Bush 2 WITH Republican control of Senate and House for 6 years. 2 wars, 2 tax cuts for rich and Part D medicare unfunded he leaves with 1.3 trillion deficit Tim....REALLY??????

    April 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Tim, there was never any surplus under Bill Clinton. The national debt has gone up every single year since 1957. The claim of a surplus is one of the most widely accepted lies that has come out of our government in our history. It needs to stop. They did a good job trimming the budget and getting close to solvency, but they did not have a surplus, or even a balance, and they did not pay down a single penny of the debt.

      April 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tim

    Fascinating that NOBODY – not a single Republican, Democrat, Teabagger, President, or Vice President – has volunteered to slash their own salaries and benefits in order to pitch in and do their part. Hey Teabaggers, in particular, wouldn't "smaller government" also mean "smaller pay?" Put your money where your mouths are – literally- and step up and make this proposal. Otherwise, you're all just as much smoke and mirrors as the parties you claim to oppose.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • United States Marine

      I have to disagree with smaller government means smaller pay. I do think that Congress, Senate and all the other "well to do" Lawmakers in DC should take a pay cut. In my opinion smaller government means that government is not passing laws on how many calories can be in a Happy Meal. Government does not need to be involved in all aspects of our lives.

      April 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      This is another absurd idea. People that believe in smaller government should ask that their own pay be cut? Perhaps if they were government workers, you'd have a case, but you didn't say that, did you. I see no logic in this suggestion.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
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