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. Rice

    This just pi**ed me off! I know how to stop going in even mor debt? Stop giving away $300 million dollars in the lottery every two weeks. Did you guys think about that? Highly doubt it... I'm in the military and now I'm not getting paid just like all the other military people. Except for the government. They're still getting paid of course. We fight for your freedom and this is how we get repaid? We have families and bills to pay just like "you" the government. Now we can't support our families and pay our bills.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      I understand that lotteries are self-funded by people volutarily purchasing tickets in the state (or states for multi-state lotteries). Payoffs are determined by the amount of sales for the draw, previous roll-overs and long term investment interest rates. Most lotteries give a portion of the funds to education or other trust. If one buys into the lottery, and they get the winning number, why should they not get the reward?
      As for you being in the military and not getting paid, etc ... a lot of military, including myself, are in the same place. The Navy informed us that a shutdown may affect pay. We are not losing any pay, it will be given to us as back pay when a budget is approved. Most lenders will work with military families to defer a months payment or so as they understand what is going on. Also, do as many of us do, learn to save a bit every month as you never know when a major crisis will pop up.
      The current continuing resolution that the House passed has provisions to continue to pay the military. Hopefully, the current Senate and the President will support the CR.

      April 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    Remind me again what historically happens to governments that refuse to pay their soldiers...

    April 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. madman25


    April 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sol

      and here I always thought Bliss was ignorance!

      April 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Syrod

    Why doesn't Obama tell Congress he needs monex for another military involvement, for example in Syria? I'm sure, the Republicans will give him all he is asking for.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kit

    Other countries are improving... while america.. the land of opportunities... just keeps sinking and sinking.. thanks to these useless people in the congress... Shut down congress.. instead of the workers/military pay checks being cut in half or delayed.. its theirs that should be cut or delayed.. they should try it out...

    stop spending money on rebuilding other countries.. stop investing outside... stop stop stop.. fix our country first.. fix our economy...

    April 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dana

    Its really smart how you can stll afford to pay the broke lazy people sitting at home all day and not th people fighting over seas good to know where our governments prioirty are. We are being run by iddiots. If you can't pay your military you have no government.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ava Aston's Muckery

    Government shut down? I say bring it on, Baby!!




    April 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uncle Jerry

      What a STUPID "C**t"! "Bring it on"??? Freaking Tea Baggers!!!

      Does anyone know what exactally tea bagging is??! It's when a man places his testies on your face! An that exactally what they are doing to our country!

      April 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MostlyAmused

    @ Rally2xs

    Things we can't afford:

    The EPA (Fold into Interior Dept)
    The TSA
    The NSA (fold it and TSA into FBI)
    Federal Highway Funds
    Unemployment Insurance ($100B...)
    Food Stamps ($70B)
    Foreign Aid
    Hi Speed Trains
    Illegal Aliens
    Student Loans
    Research Grants For Anything
    Bridges to Nowhere


    I have to address that last one first. Your obvious idol said she wouldn't take the money for a bridge, but took it to build a stadium for the HS football team her son played for.

    Many of the things you would abolish are all things that benefit our country in ways beyond monetarily. But go on and keep thinking we would be better off without everything on the list..

    April 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rtg

    I think it would be just hunky dorry, IF the politicians didn't get paid either. Why are they getting paid if other government workers aren't? Oh yeah, they wouldn't vote to stop their own pay.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Olsen

    Yes, screw those of us in health care who provide for patients receiving benefits from medicare.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logical Voter

      It isn't YOU personally, it's the Corporations YOU work for that charge 10 bucks for a tongue depressor that is only worth 3 cents. I respect those that do hands-on caregiving, been there myself. But Insurance Companies and Hospital Boards are the one's who get the big bonuses and ride off of you and I feeding the machine.

      April 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GeorgeZipppp

    This government lost its relevance & soul and died long ago, shut it down permanently.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    This isn't bad... let see how our inefficient government works without all the FAT for a change. I've never met a gov't worker that cared for anything much past his own paycheck, time off or pension.
    Working for the gov't just means that you could'nt make it in the real world.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doane's Pill

      What's your definition of the "real world," exactly? A corrupt corporation, maybe?

      Firefighters are government employees. So are teachers, police officers and soldiers. It's the corporate drones who fail to live in the real world, don't you think?

      April 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dana

    You are an idiot.... Just because you don't work for the government spent mean you say stupid stuff like that. Because im sure serving burgers and fries is more important than serving your country.always good to know we have such intelligent people in this world.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Edrienna

    James, If you honestly believe that the Federal Govt does nothing for you, you must be on some serious drugs!! Get out of the US, we don't need you!

    April 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Teapartyidiots

    Republicans are to blame! They claim they are doing what's best for the country... when all they are thinking about is the presidential election!

    April 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      Plenty of blame to go around for all the major parties. All of them are thinking the same thing – how do I stay elected, get elected or get into the system as a lobbyist. The majority of candidates do not care about the people in the trenches – regardless of the political pablum they spew during the campaign. They will say whatever it takes to get elected and then do whatever it takes to stay in office. The sad part – too many buy into this party or that party and fail to think for themselves.
      Nobody wants to negotiate; everyone wants to stand by ideological lines. In the end, it is the country that loses. But we all have short memories and in the next election cycle, the masses will belly up to the kool-aid trough once again and draw deep.

      April 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
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