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. Government sucks

    It just shows how good a leader Obama is, cant wait until we get someone who can do the job

    April 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logical Voter

      I think we need to clean house again (this time, not elect a bunch of Tea Baggers) and get all the losers out of the House, Senate, Congress, DEA, IRS, FED, FDA, EPA, CIA, FCC, DoD, the list goes on and on... buncha leeches, lobbyists and Corporate owned parasites.

      April 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. School employee

    If the entire goverment (congressmen,representatives, president etc.) was furloughed with all of the so called 'non-essential' emplooyees, AND didn't get back pay, I bet they would reach an agreement.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TheGuynextDoor

    Shut the Government down! Too many freeloaders already. Too many whiners already. Too many babies are getting KILLED already. The system is broke because of the Progressive Left who want to collapse The Republic and then rebuild a Marxist Socialist Government like the broken Governments in Europe, yea another Greece, Iceland, Spain. Just can't wait.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Justin

    American people... you are the idiots that voted these people in office. Did you think that by having a bipartisan government, we could get anything done...? NO, we should have kept the Dems in office to keep these conservative fools out of the way. Ask yourselves this... why on earth would we want to keep our old principles and values and thoughts? If we would have thought that way 50, 100, or 200 years ago, we wouldn't have had the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, or any technology we have today. Keep the idiot conservatives out of politics.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Name*cjh

    I am so tired of our government including obama all the promises that were made shame on you now look at the mess granted bush left you a full plate. Everything is so expensive i dont make alot of money like the jerks you brought into congress do hell give me their pay check i sure cant do any worse. Maybe yhe american people need to fight back everybody quit working and go on welfare thats where the money is anyway

    April 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Boom


    April 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. De-fund Congress

    Here's a cost saving measure: De-fund Congress! Politicians have complained that the taxpayers shouldn't support partisan activities, activities that ostensibly include things like National Public Radio. Congress is the most partisan organization that we support, so much so that they are obviously incompetent or unable to do their jobs. Let's hold them to the same standard to which they seem to hold anything else they don't particularly like and simply stop funding them to the tune of $5.4 BILLION a year. They're perfectly capable of complaining without getting paid to do so.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bryen Miller

    I say if the government shuts down, and our military does not receive the paychecks they so greatly deserve, but yet congress continues to get paid, we the voters speak by not re-electing a single person in the upcoming primaries and election in November. This is ridiculous. I have posted this note on my Facebook Page and encourage others to take the pledge and spread the word. Then contact Congress and let your voice be heard.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      100% agree!!!!!

      April 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. amigo

    Everyone under 55 would do well to listen to good ol' Steppenwolf's music. Time to get away from the tv and march in the streets. Soldiers come home and fight the real enemy.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Republican

      If the government does shutdown, are the workers eligible for unemployment?

      April 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayZ

      unemployment is paid with some federal funds. what happens to that?

      April 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chanda

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      April 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Acesh

      Republican, No they are not eligilble for unemployment benefits. If they want to be paid, they must use the annual leave they earned. It used to be, if you worked for the government for less than 3 years, you would earn 4 hours of annual leave every two weeks, after 3 years, you can earn 6 hours every two weeks, at some point it goes to 8 hours but that's after you've worked a long time. So no, the civil servants do not get paid. It's a mistake to confuse your anger with federal employees vs. elected officials and their staffs that DO GET PAID while these games are being played.

      April 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tru

    What about banks?? I think this is the first step to the new world order we can actualy see. the only way to have enough money to pay our countries debt plus start it up again is to convice the UN that we need one big alliance one currancy an 1 languge maybe 1 religion then we will have a king of th world and look like ancient pagan rome

    April 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cleo Rossi

      Riiiiiiight. Hey conspiracy theorist, guess what? the government shut down in 1994. I don't see one world currency, one world religion or language. Crawl back under your rock.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Excellent point. Oh, wait a minute...that's not an excellent point at all. You're looney tunes. Get help...and for god sake stop listening to Glenn Beck and Alex Jones!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayZ

      You sir, are a complete nincompoop.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Ok, lets take a look at some facts here. First, the REPUBLICANS GOT EXACTLY what they asked for when the Democrats gave them the "tax cut" for the top 1% of americans who are mostly millionares and can afford to take more risk with their money whether its spending, investing, etc. To another point here, for those of you in this category AND residing in low cost or no state income income tax states like Texas, Florida, Nevada, Alaska, and a few others you really have it good. Your cost to purchase a house is next to nothing compared to the coasts especially in California and NY, NJ, CT, the northeast where it costs a fortune to buy a house. Second, if the REPUBLICANS were soooo concerned about making sure the top 1% got their tax cuts but now want to curtail spending, ummm lets just say that is kind of lame. So basically, you want the middle class taxpayers to once again take the brunt of this thing so not just Govt workers suffer but so does everyone else. I am not saying the Democrats are angels by any stretch but if you really examine what is going on here, it sure looks like the Republicans are playing hard ball again because they got exactly what they wanted from the tax cuts a few months ago. When the Unemployment rate comes down to normal levels, like 4-6% range, then we can talk about tax cuts for the wealthy when most people are doing ok. It seems easy to blame the Democrats for this but again the Republicans were so adamant about making sure the wealthy got those tax cuts but of course they want to curtail spending because there is not enough tax revenue to spend??? THEN ANSWER THIS, WHY MOVE FORWARD WITH A TAX CUT FOR THE TOP 1% WHO ON A PERCENTAGE BASIS, SHOULD PAY MORE INTO THE SYSTEM WOULD PRODUCE MORE TAX REVENUE SO YOU CAN ACTUALLY HAVE MONEY TO PAY FOR PROGRAMS YOU NEED!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • notabagger

      Crazy party of one your table is ready.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • JWG

      You need to lay off the Coast to Coast AM radio for awhile.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • l

      lol at all the hate you're getting. I'm totally with you.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricnaust

      Uh, I think TRU is being facetious....

      April 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • GB

      I know you want to lay blame on the republicans for big tax breaks for the wealthy. But let me ask you this: how do you explain GE not paying any taxes at all? How do you explain Obama glad handing Immelt and telling him that GE gets a free pass this time around? President zero did that not the republicans. I think its fair to say that O had a major hand in this current situation. You can't blame Bush and the republicans anymore.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. crippler

    AMC should air mr smith goes to washington 24/7 until these guys come out with it. Payback for 9 months of nothing.
    At least the Boy Scouts have a code of ethics.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tim dguan

    "•Word is getting around that a government shutdown doesn't actually save taxpayers money."

    Duh...the shutdown is not to save money, it's because there is no money

    April 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      And shutting down the government is going to add to the deficit...doofus.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bam

      there is no money??? then how are 2 ONGOING wars Iraq/Afghanistan being funded? We could sell all that equipment to India!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. thedudeaffiliate

    Look, I want to say THANK YOU to all of our men and women in the military service of our country! You tell me, mental giants, where would we be with out them!!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • wilson

      We would be a wealthier nation? Imagine the jobs and investments in infrastructure if we didn't have to send all those trillions to overseas countries fighting in wars that we have no business in fighting. Instead of employing inner-city kids to wear army boots, they could be hired to build new bridges and roads right here at home.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      I think this person is talking about the actual men and women serving in the military. You know, the ones that wont be paid if the government shuts down?

      April 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • SNarf

      @Rob, they get paid... I mean if your E6 you can knock up 3 different girls and have uncle sam pay your child support. Like I would support if you were married with the woman but what about all the wasted money because you have a rank you get child support for not wearing a rubber? I know of some troop who brag about all they have to do is say they have trouble sleeping then they get a free car payment each month for PostWarSyndrome... I have no sympathy for them if they loose out on a late paycheck, no one drafted them in service. Don't say they fight for our freedom because most americans will agree our freedom isn't on the other side of the World.

      You all got the change you can count on. Pretty sweet isn't. How you all like it?

      April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob in SLC

      Where is the "I support the taxpayer that makes my job possible" – the whole concept of thanking a military employee for their service is bogus, why not thank us for paying your paycheck ? I don't have a choice to support the troops or not, we are forced at the tip of a gun to pay taxes to support the military and yet soldiers act like they are doing us some big favor. The last time a US soldier protected this country and our freedoms was in WW II – everything since then have been wars of opportunity fought for ideology and power not to protect our country.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hand

      Well Mr. Wilson aparently you would like to live in one of those nations. Thats exactly what would happen if we didn't have a military to defend your freedom. The same freedom that allowed you to post nonsense about sending money overseas. Maybe you would like to visit one of the countries that we invested all our time and money into and see the rewards or maybe you just don't get it.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • uuhhh


      WOW! You seriously need someone to smack you in the mouth... I wouldn't feel sorry if you didn't get a paycheck either! They might sign up to be in the army, but that is still their job and they only are doing what they are told to do and deserve a paycheck. Maybe we should send you some where so you can watch people die in front of you or your bunk get blown up in the middle of the night and see if you can sleep at night either! what a jerk!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • SNarf


      I don't have to because wikileaks gave us that entertainment.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • uuhhh

      Seeing something and EXPERIENCING it are two entirely different things

      April 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • SNarf

      You should be worried if i get a paycheck. Obama needs people like me to pay for you and everyone else's health care. Don't forget unless the republicans fix his nobama care plan. People like me will be putting more in so people like you can see the doctor.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hand

      Sounds like you just couldn't hack it. Now you are just trying to take it out on the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who are doing something that Little Johnny couldn't do. Are you too small or were you too scared to leave your mommy? Anybody can play a video game or watch it on tv try living it!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • SNarf

      I'm talking to all the people saying the service peeps are getting screwed on payments. Lets nut in a girl and collect child support on it. I'm implying with my job I don't have uncle sam giving me child support. I pay more in taxes. Now Nobama wants to take more from me and give more to you so you can see the doctor too. If your in the military you wont have that problem. I paid my way through college and got myself a great job. when you signed up what did you expect? a Disney cartoon? I could careless. Is that the only combat you can say? You all are complaining about being broke and I'm making fun of you for it? state the truth. Write all the benefits the military gets, we already know it is dangerous that is why the dem cry about deaths because of bush's war. When in fact you all can't admit your targets of war. Face the facts and get over it.

      April 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. susanna king

    I can think of ten ways not getting a blanced budget can wreck your lives and not just your day. Shut the government down if this is what it will take to stop spending money we dont have and get a blanced budget we can live with

    April 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • what next

      10 ways shutdown may ruin your day – By causing CNN to run another top 10 top/biggest/greatest/best list.

      April 8, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |

    So the idiots running Congress get paid but the troops don't....how do they sleep at night !!!!..... SHAME on ALL of them !

    April 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoHope

      The GOP proposed a stop gap bill that would fund the government for one more week, and the military for the rest of the year. The President and the Senate would not pass it.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tigz

      @ NoHope. The military is funded, but they won't get paid. They will receive BACK Pay, when the money becomes available. Just like other government employees who still have to work...they won't get paid until a compromise is met and the money is there.

      I am presuming that the government won't step in between the employee and the creditors who will go after the employee when they can't pay their bills.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • szmarie

      They probably sleep just as well as they do whenever they do other asinine things. It's beyond appalling, disgusting, completely outrageous that members of Congress will continue to receive paychecks when their actions (and inactions) will result in so many others being furloughed or just expected to carry on with no immediate compensation until they get around to resolving their little playground tiff. I'm sure there are MANY out there who live paycheck to paycheck for whom loss or delay of one can result in major problems – no money for rent or mortgage, no money for food, no money for utilities. It's my personal opinion that this country no longer has a Republican Party – it has become the REPUBLICAN'T Party – what this situation reminds me of is when little kids are like "If you don't do what I want, I'm not gonna play!!" Just like the kids, they need a couple good whacks on the bottom to get their attention.

      April 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
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