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. USA Born Citizen

    Shutting down national parks that genearate money into the economy,makes no sense at all.
    Take away the congresses credit cards,must be nice to buy fancy suits,jewelry,cars,
    fancy meals,writing them off as a business expense,frivuously spending money ,that is not
    theirs.Bring our troops home.How can they do what they should be doing,
    If they NOW have to worry about their families going without??
    Our government is more concerned about the well being of the illegals,
    than the USA citzens.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jonny

    Every body grab ur bibles its da apocalyspe

    April 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Teapartyidiots

    Thanks republicans... good job! You deserve a pat on the back!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Josie needs to go away

    LOOK AT ME!! LOOK AT ME!! IF I AM EMPHATIC IT MUST MEAN THAT I AM RIGHT!! LOOK AT ME!!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ryan

    Regardless of who is to blame I have served for 8 years, and still currently am and now officially not getting paid. This is a disgrace! If the military isn't getting paid than no one in office should

    April 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SNarf

    @EVERYONE
    A lot of you have be speaking of how our service men and women will get late pay checks. Are you all forgetting?
    If your E6 you can knock up 3 different girls and have uncle sam pay your child support. Changes by rank.... 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? Lets screw our 3 hoe's... I know of some troops 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. Also the benefits, I pay for more in taxes then they do, but they get better interests rates and healthcare then I? sounds like they have it pretty bad. They didn't sign up for fat camp. They signed up to be warriors so stop complaining about the wars and the deaths. Should you blame bush? or should you blame your brothers and sisters for being targets during a war? They weren't drafted, they chose to be in those environments.

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

    P.S. I know they fight for our freedom, but in recent years our freedom doesn't reside in some sand filled, crap hole across the world.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jOSIE

    ur country ur problem....................................... good luck

    April 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Josie needs to go away

    I'm telling you .. when the Pus-sycats left on tour without her she lost it. Now she just posts gibberish on here all day.

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

    You missed the point. I'm saying I throw away and waste a lot of food and proud of it. Sucks for people who dont get a slice of my breakfast. I was implying if that is what you mean we wont have breakfast, then that is it. I am joking with you about Nobama because you all got change you can count on ūüėČ Hahahahha

    April 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bill in VA

    I love the comment related to a possible lack of trash pick up in the District: "If Boehner shut down the government, I'll take my garbage to his house". Apparently this person doesn't realize who is responsible for the shut down should it occur. So to educate anyone who thinks wrongly, here you go: It is the Democrats that put us in this fix. They had control of the Senate, the House and the White House last summer when the budget should have been passed, before the beginning of the current fiscal year. The Dems could have passed any budget they wanted without a single Republican vote, just like health care. The Dems shirked the responsibility then and now try to make it like it is someone else's fault.

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

    @ josie

    PLEASE SPELL CORRECTLY IF YOU ARE GOING TO TRY TO PREACH TO PEOPLE nitwitt

    April 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • jOSIE

      WELL I SPEAK FOR 4 LANGUAGES EXCUSE ME.........................................HOW MANY DO U SPEAK STUPID

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

      It doesn't matter how many languages you speak if you can't put an intelligible sentence together. Just read these posts. I just want to know how many of these people voted? I tried to get a recall campaign started in my hometown and nobody would do anything. Not only have the American people forgotten how to stand up for themselves (because their government is too busy standing up for other nations) but they are too cowed by their government to rebel.

      April 10, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jason Edwards

    Troops serving our country dont get paid, therefore slavery is reborn. Luckily planned parent hood will be granted their money for the war on babies.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jOSIE

    REMEMBER WHO RUNS THE POLITICIANS THE ILLUMINATI.......IF U KNOW WHAT IT IS THE SKULLS AND BONES AND THE FREEMASONS..............................ALL I HAVE TO SAY GOOD LUCK........................ DONT LOOS FAITH IM GONE.............I WAS PART OF THE -- AND I--–... SO IF U THINK IM STUPID............. UR PROBLEM............ BYE IGNORNANT PEOPLE BUT NOT ALL

    April 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. money_games

    The money system is all founded on debt and the game of monopoly where we are all the players and eventually it all goes in the box. Every dollar has a debt and interest which can not be paid back because it was never created. We are in the age of technology and people are losing jobs and starving because we are bettering ourselves and its bassackwards. We must come up with a new system that does not include money, I suggest the Venus Projects theory of technological usage only because its logical. Resource Based Economy. P.S. please look up the original defintion of economy and tell me why we call it that. Its an anti-economy.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jOSIE

    I AM JUST GONNA STAND BACK AND WATCH...........................

    April 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
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