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. DOUG


    April 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kill the juice

    Well I think the Juice are taking over the contry just as Benjamin Franklin said they would.
    I say we shut the Federal Reserve and we kick those Juice out of the Country ( My Pride ) its time to revolt just like the Middle Eastern Countries

    April 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DOUG


    April 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LF

    I LOVE how a lot of you are blaming the Republicans for this. Last time I checked, there were 2 parties involoved here. It shouldn't be whatever the Democrats say goes. The Republicans have the right to fight for what they want just like the Democrats do. It's unfortunate they can't come to an agreement but don't start point fingers at one party and blaming them for all of it. It takes 2, kids!

    April 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nytw

    This what the majority of people voted for in November of 2010. No doubt many people on here complaining voted for the people causing the shutdown. If you want to blame someone, look in the mirror.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dean

    Do you mean that when a person from the Congo visits the social security office there won't be a swahili interpreter to help him fill out his application form for benefits that he hasn't earned? Goodness, what a shame.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. FEDUP

    I read that someone is taking their trash and dumping it on John Boehner's lawn if the government shuts down – that it will be his fault. Get a clue!!! The Democrats had control of the White House and the Senate and House of Representatives and they WOULDN'T pass a budget. Now, they are still trying to act like they control everything. You need to dump your trash on Pelosi's and Reid's lawn, it's their fault that we are in this bind of not having a budget.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nick88t

    Wow... all this arguing on the internet is freaking hilarious!

    April 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Waffenss

    Hahahaha this is great i hope it gets worse lol the federal government should bet all there money on a number on the roulette table iif it hits theyll be out if there debt if they dont whats the difference lol stupid people just shows we need hitler

    April 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Natasha

    Hi..I'm not here to argue just stating my opinion. My husband is in the military. For those who don't work for the government you guys need to understand how much we will be affected by this shutdown. If you don't work for the government then that's good for you. There are families out here who solely depend on their spouses check. Imagine if you were over in Iraq or Afghanistan and you had a family at home, and your check is the one and only check that feeds your family. Is that something that you really want to be worrying about while you are being shot at everyday?? I wouldn't. These men and women are putting their lives on the line for this country while we are here worrying about buying a car or other silly insignificant things. If you don't respect the government or anybody else at least show respect to our military. Because while a bunch of us are at our jobs on Facebook and what not they are doing something and gettin paid way less. Let's not be ignorant and selfish.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ClassyLady

      Well said...

      April 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gus

      Most comments here are the insignificant sort, but not this one.

      April 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kill the juice

    I say kill the Jiuce and take down the Federal Reserve
    We want our country back
    Revolt People its the only WAY

    April 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gus

      If your use of the word "Juice" means what I think it means, you're the one who needs to be kicked out ot the country. You need to educate yourself about this country's values, and then decide to live them or leave.

      April 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nick88t

    josie whats with all the ........ and the ........ behind...... every ....... other ....... word...... I find it straight comedy that you're still on here arguing......... about the dumbest things........ just to be heard.......

    April 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. herpderp

    Troll or just that stupid? You decide.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Loren

    @James: You are so ignorant & uneducated, I'm not sure how you found your way to a keyboard to type that BS post! The "parasites" that you referred to includes hundreds of thousands of hard working Americans who are dying for your right to spew your ignorant BS. They'r also the people who run the museums and state parks all over the country. Not sure how they qualify as "parasites" either... you act like somehow drug dealers and people who abuse welfare are the only people that will hurt during this shut down (those are the types of people that normal folk call "parasites").

    April 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sergeant Miller

    This is absolutely ridiculous, I am a soldier in the Army and now being told that I am only going to get half of my pay on the 15th of the month, I already looked at my LES, just makes me want to say he'll w/ this and get out of the Army, as a recruiter, how am I supposed to try to get someone to join the Army knowing that I am not even getting all my pay, I can't try to enlist someone into something that I am not happy being a part of. I think I speak for alot of the Soldiers. Take the people making these stupid decisions money, they can afford it more than us Soldiers.

    April 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
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