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. S

    Well, you get the government you voted for.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tony B

    Done with Republicans FOREVER! If they don't have the courage to make billionaires and companies who hide profits - and move American jobs - overseas pay taxes, they've lost the privilege of my support.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Roman

    Democrats should be ashamed they behave like Russian communists label label destroying this great country not serious to fix anything

    April 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeepers


      April 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vwrtb

      I love when a republican brings up Russia... Reminds me of Reagan going senile! Enjoy your trickle down economics corporate tool! Lol

      April 7, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Peter

    I just returned to the US to start a job with the US geological survey. If there is a shut down I will be stuck in a new city, with a new apartment and no paycheck in site. Thank you republican party for your support of the working people

    April 7, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |

      I'm a gov't worker and am a patriot – The freagin' TEA PARTY idots are showing how dumb, uneducated and stupid they really are – They are Giving our wonderful president a guaranteed re-election and I'm glad about it. Those rally's are a farce – Goons shouting and they HAVE no idea they are shouting rhetoric "SHUT "ER DOWN – that means the troops, their families and THIS country's security – Thought you pigs were about 'AMERICA"??? and the TROOPS? Get a brain, get a heart and trade places with the REAL soldiers who are fighting for our freedom – Dumb cowards!
      GO PRESIDENT OBAMA! 4 MORE YEARS~ (repeat like a gazillion times to the top of my voice!) Let the GOP continue to look stupid – The Tea party doesn't need much help in that area... #winning

      April 7, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • um

      Just so you know, those horrible Republicans are trying to pass an exemption for the DOD, meaning soldiers WOULD get paid. Ensuring Military Pay Act – http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:h.r.1297:

      April 7, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Vwrtb

    Welfare for the poor cost the average taxpayer $400 a year... Welfare for the rich cost the average taxpayer $1500 dollars a year... Capitalism has failed and creates misery and suffering and a couple rich people... Greed is good to spark innovation but bad in a thousand other ways... Our economy crashed because the rich have hoarded all the wealth and are sitting on over 2 trillion dollars and not injecting it back into the economy! This is your republican trickle down economics at work! The failure of or economy is income inequality and it's accelerating. But if you want to attack teachers, police, firefighters and mailmen and women, I guess that's your choice you company tool! The media is owned by 5 corporations... They control everything you read, see, and hear! Enjoy jumping off the cliff lemmings!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lesa

    Cant we all just get along? Hey everybody dont forget to play megamillions tomorrow. Maybe somebody here will not have to worry about this crap anymore. Im just sayin. Just a nurse.....

    April 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. shabam

    the worst part- everything (even your comments) are open to anyone in the world- so everything you guys are saying is open to the people who hate us in other countries- which fuels their fire. Freedom of speech is a great thing- but consider your audience people! I am glad you all take for granted the fact that we have people fighting for this country, but tunnel vision can get you in trouble!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike DeGuy

    Who's counting to just 10! There is going to be more than just ten, when the people who are supposed to be working and are frustrated go out and do other things. Working people are productive, worried people are dangerous. Good thing is that there is going to be less driving and we can drive the price of gas down.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. frank

    will be in pittsburgh pa the week of the 18th thru 22nd. are you playing on the east coast that week.... then back to california. you coming anywhere near fresno

    April 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mr Name

    Time for a revolution. Not a peaceful one. The government has chosen to side with the kings over the people. The redcoats are comIng.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriot

      OF the People, FOR the People, BY THE PEOPLE!

      Let's take our country back.

      April 8, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. USN_sailor

    Why is it that every story so far ive read about the shutdown has had paragraphs dedicated to talking about parks that will be closed or senators aides that wont get to work ,but then only devote a sentence or two to the fact that the military stops getting paid. and while they arnt getting paid they still show up to work and carry on. That in itself is a disgrace on the american government. but when you take into account that fact that alot of military people have families and those families depend on that paycheck as well it gets even worse.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenae

      Yes a disgrace.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • idontwantidiocracy

      I don't support the wars this country is involved in, but I surely don't believe for one second that you should have to go without pay if the gov't shuts down. I think that is the ultimate kick in the face for all of the military personnel and their families. The gov't doesn't mind shipping you out to fight their wars or bringing you back in a bag – but they're willing to take their paycheck (that's larger than probably most avg military personnel make in a year) while your families go without. I'm ashamed and appalled – and I sincerely hope the shutdown does not happen. I don't believe the men and women who have given their lives so selflessly to this country should have to suffer or have their families suffer because the gov't is stupid.

      April 7, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. demonfeed

    All in all, every day the government shuts down is going to cost more money and time to get back on track. 800,000 people being sent home isn't "creating jobs" like the lovely Republicans were platforming last year. What have they done since they took office? Threatened to walk out of the House if we don't entertain repealing healthcare, cutting collective bargaining rights for employees with some of the most dangerous kinds of work in the country, trying to get teachers (by the way one of the lowest paid professions in this country) even less pay and benefits, and causing 800,000 people to be out of work.

    Creating jobs this ain't. The Republicans won't be satisfied until the Middle Class is abolished and the Lower Classes are so uneducated they pose no legitimate threat to our self-proclaimed "masters". What is it, 70%-90% of the wealth in this country is held by 1% of the population? I don't hear the Republicans offering to pay more taxes to help ease the burden off of the poor. I don't even hear them giving good solutions to problems that aren't aimed at the poorest and most unfortunate of us all.

    And to be fair, since I accused them of not trying to help find alternatives, here is one... Yes, SSN and Disability is an issue. Why don't we investigate current recipients and ensure they aren't throwing the money away? If we find fraud, we take all of their property and lock them in jail. Not the fun jail, I am talking a jail with a chain-gang where they work for US for no pay until every dime they borrowed is returned. How about we stop letting prisoners have access to cable TV, weight rooms, and 3 squares a day? How about the people with the most money pay a "privilege of wealth" tax? After all, you can only get that kind of money in America. They should be thankful the poor don't rise up and take it from them. And that may be on the horizon.

    And if the Republicans really think 80% of the country is going to take footing the bills for the mistakes of the 1% without a fight, they are dead wrong. If that multi-trillion dollar cut to SSN goes through, you are going to have alot of very angry civilians who will be hungry and poor. They will turn on you and everyone with money in this country. And you won't be able to stop them.

    I propose we all go to Washington en masse and demand a new governing body. We are all tired of this racket going on in Washington and it is time we, the REAL citizens with the REAL numbers, got up and took our country back from our greedy businesses who begrudge every dime and protection they must offer their employees. I am sick of watching these guys buy their 4th and 5th homes while 40% of the population can't pay their bills because the guys up top squandered money on paid-actor advertisements and "all-ins" on stupid business ideas that the general public ends up having to bail them out of.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      hmm when you say walking out of the house you don't mean like the dems in wisconsin do you... and when you say not willing to talk about an issue if its not what they want do you mean like when the dems didn't even hesitate or debate when they had complete control a few years back... oh i see you are so insane and self centered you actually believe the filth they tell you... ok well have a nice life tool

      April 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • demonfeed

      The Democrats are just guilty too. I am not saying they aren't. But it is the Republicans who are the most dangerous right now. The Democrats at least tried to address the issue of Healthcare, but the only Republican solution I see with any backing right now is repeal. No alternate plans or ideas, nothing.

      As for self-centered, you accuse me of defending the Democrats because you obviously favor the Republicans. I said to disband our current government system. That isn't preferential to any political party.

      And again, just like our elected officials, you offer no solutions. You just gripe and complain about the details of a statement. Great, you have accomplished nothing. Absolutely nothing. That is the problem right now. Too much literalism and not enough activism.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ae91

      I completely agree with, Eric! It's not like the republicans took a surplus in 2000 and put us trillions of dollars in debt! Nor did they try and get rid of collective bargaining rights for workers in Wisconsin! i mean, who wants to let workers argue to be treated fairly and avoid the risk of losing their jobs?

      Guess what buddy, you can claim democrats and people in general lie...but there's one thing you can't lie about and that's a track record. The only thing republicans have accomplished in this country is debt, unemployment, a lack of respect for the average american, and racism in most cases.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jenae

    I'm going to work tomorrow. I'll get paid if I actually resolve problems and not over communicate problems. Do your job elected officials. That's what WE pay you for.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Richxx

    Some things will get shut down that none of us will like. But congress will not pay for the programs they pass. Every program should be paid for but nobody, democrat or republican will raise taxes to pay for them. Unpopular. Well if they would insist on paying for each program we would find out real quick which ones the public really supports. So lets just shut it down if they can't do it right. And there should be a hiring freeze on government workers. Get rid of 20% through attrition.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • idontwantidiocracy

      I think the shutdown should also stop lawmakers' paychecks as well – maybe if it hit 'em where it hurts, they'd change their minds about playing hardball with the future of this country.

      April 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Roy Jones

    Our country is a joke. WHY ARENT OUR LEADERS TAKING PAY CUTS??????? I know a lot of people who have!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
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