Government shutdown: The upside
Protesters call for cuts in federal spending Wednesday on the steps of Capitol Hill.
April 8th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

Government shutdown: The upside

We posted an item here on Thursday on 10 things that could ruin your day if the government shuts down.

Which got us wondering: Is there a silver lining to a shutdown?

Consider:

– Less traffic. Roads around federal office epicenters in every city would see a noticeable drop in motorists. That’s a good thing. A new study by the Environmental Health Perspectives highlights the link between traffic pollution and brain damage.

– You won’t get audited. While the tax filing deadline is still April 18, a federal shutdown means you can stave off the bean counters – people whose sole purpose is to get you to explain how that monthly Netflix subscription helps your home-based business - at least for a while.

– The White House gift shop will be closed. YIPPEE. You know that miniature flag-striped lapel that can pierce a small organ? We won't be seeing those or that commemorative snow globe your weekend-getaway co-worker erects at their cubicle. Freedom!

– More fish to catch. In Arkansas, anglers will be able to go all out. The Norfolk National Fish Hatchery will release two weeks worth of rainbow and brown trout.

“This would be the week to fish,” Craig Eaton, project leader at the hatchery, told CNN Friday. “We normally release 10 to 14 deliveries a week,” Eaton said. Each delivery contains about 29,000 fish, he said. Do the math. That's a boatload of fish. Can you say reel deal?

– Bankruptcy deferred. About to go bankrupt? Not after Friday. Federal bankruptcy court will be running largely in name only. The online filing system will be up and running but federal buildings will likely be closed.

– More electricity to go around. With average consumption larger than some states, Washington bureaucrats obviously don't know how to cut off the lights when they leave the office. A shutdown means less strain on the power grid.

Anything we forgot? What else can be considered an upside to the federal shutdown?

Post by:
Filed under: Budget • Economy • Finance
soundoff (532 Responses)
  1. Ethan

    Congress will still get paid.

    Oh wait that's only an upside for them

    April 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      Well played good sir

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

      I smell a possible revolution brewing. Imagine Americans rebelling against govt and their squeezing of the working man while they sit back and still have jobs and still get paid. Yep, smells like 1776 except there's no king to kick out of the country.

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

      This is typical. Remember, since Republicans got back into power from the last election, every month or two has been a battle to the death with their temper tantrums. We has them holding the country hostage until they got a repeal of heath care going, they held up everyone's unemployment checks two or three times until they got most of what they wanted included, and now this. It worked so many times before it will work this time too. It's silly that Obama can spend 200 million dollars on cruise missiles in 3 or 4 days for Libya, but he can't make congress do their jobs to get a budget passed.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Here I am in Afghanistan fighting for my country and the Govt. has cut my pay by 50%. I really fail to understand how these idiots can still get paid and the very same Soldier's that are putting their lives on the line everyday gets their pay cut. Everyone is talking about the Govt. shutting down, well they have already cut our pay and we are still in harms way. I myself have had it. I'm done with military, I'm done with this government. How do they expect the Soldier's to continue to put their lives on the line and worry about how they will get their bills paid.

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

      All you people that are complaining about not having a paycheck or how you are going to survive. I'm sure that you all have cupboards full of food, if you don't then plan better. As far as paying your bills, it is said and practiced by some that you should have at least 6 months of money saved in order to pay bills in the event of a crisis. Problem is too many of you live way beyond your own means and most of you don't understand what that even means.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Air Force SSGT

      Well I just checked my LES (military pay stub). Its already showing our pay cut in half.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      Dave, ideally people should have "a pantry full of food" and cash on hand for 6 or more months but guess what – it's not that easy. Families such as those who have soldiers overseas are struggling and while they wish they don't need to live day to day, they do. Take as an example the solider who posted just above you – you think he's out buying 3D large screen TVs to carry around in his backpack ?

      I'd call you a fool but that's an insult to all the fools in the world. Ever see 'The Biggest Loser" – well, that's a more appropriate name for you

      April 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • rmd

      @dave – you are soooooo right - it's always the poor people's fault that they are poor, isn't it?

      April 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg Pierce

      Maybe during the shutdown we can all get together and figure out a new way to govern the country without these dysfunctional retards.

      I say we propose legislation such that no politician gets paid during the shutdown and after 2 weeks all of Congress has their terms set to end at th end of the current calendar year. If you can't do the job of governing, you don't need to have the job.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Air Force SSGT

      Building income to sustain for a few months is not reasonable for a new troop making 25k a year or less...I have been there.I am stationed overseas where gas is 4.60 and my rent is 2000 a month....my paycheck is 1200 now. will you pay my rent dave since you are so well off? I have deployed 9 times in the last 11 years...how about you?

      April 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      A revolution?? LOL yeah, people would have to get off the couch and not assume everyone else is out there revolting against our joke of a government....

      April 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      @Dave
      You said you people so I assume you had better things to do with your life then serve your country. Also the 19 private In Afghanistan should have enough money to support his or her spouse and kids for 6 months right? Step off your pedestal, face a corner, think about your life and kill yourself. I'm about to go on my third deployment to a combat zone so you're welcome for your freedom, and your right to say things that makes me question why I've lost so many Marines defending your impudent ass

      April 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      Fear tactics. That's all it is. The dollar is as dead as Julius Caesar and we're watching the end of the game being played out on the world stage. Use your God given talents people and stop relying on others to save you. If not, you're apparently okay with the concept of slavery, regardless of how it's served up. Peace.

      April 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Brian, we have a president, not an Emperor. He cannot FORCE congress to do ANYTHING. Learn the difference between our system of government and a dictatorship.
      Dave, I spent over 27 years in military service to this land. I spent nearly 5 years deployed to the war zone. When I was junior enlisted, a PCS (Permanent change of Station) would burn my savings up very quickly. One needs to get food, new uniform items, personal comfort items that aren't worth packing or shipping, etc. Not to mention getting a place off base for my wife and family.
      People like you seem to think we could easily snap our fingers and save in the minute military paycheck given junior personnel. Or perhaps you think we should not be permitted to have a family, in your version of the USSA.
      I've heard people criticize one soldier for his "chubby wife and 4 chubby children", while they stay safe at home and he runs the risk several times a day of being shredded by an IED in Afghanistan.
      I've heard people object to any number of children, apparently, in the USSA, soldiers are not permitted to procreate, but instead face familial extinction for the betterment of the critic.
      In the past 24 hours, I've come to question whether I fought for the right side, as the Taliban weren't as screwed up as the posters on this news service comment boards.
      For, in the end, it has turned into, "All for me and me for me".
      I'm honestly considering taking my Army pension check and departing this once great land forever, we're swiftly permitting it to turn into a new third world nation.

      April 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. don

    This is realy hurting military family's all across the world this is some crappy planning on the government

    April 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephane Guinta

      I think if all of our military were to lay down there arms and step back and tell congressmen and senators to fight for us then maybe our government would get the message to stop screwing around and get the job done that is what we the people want!!!!

      April 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Epidi

      @ Carter – huh? What are you – nuts?! Way to love your country and fellow man by spreading racism – troll.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      @ stephane, good in theory but when I was in Iraq I didn't fight for congress or the senate but so I wouldn't die. The bad guys don't care what our issues are and as a nation we need to solve them but until then there always need to be rough men waiting to do violence against anyone who would see us fall.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Lay down your arms in the combat zone, you get killed by the enemy. Way to make a point!
      This isn't a basketball game, it's a war. Bullets shredding human tissue, explosive devices tearing off body parts. Body bags not with one body in it, but many parts in it. Humans partially cooked by the flame from an explosive.
      That you don't see that is WHY many continue on and reenlist, so that you won't have to. So your family won't be drafted and face it. And why you can trust your military to continue protecting you.
      They also trust you to insist that your political leaders protect them and their families while they're fighting for you.
      I know this all too well, I retired last year, after over 27 years of service to this nation in the Army. I spent nearly 5 years deployed in the war zone and lost some very good men in these wars. I've saw how the General looked after writing that letter home. It wasn't pretty and dragged up the ghosts of previous conflicts in his mind.
      I've been present at a man's home when his wife was informed that he had died in the line of duty and saw the life leave her eyes as her world ended.
      I've held a dying soldier, watching the life leave his eyes, as his injuries were too extensive to successfully treat him.
      I've identified the remains of one of my men, in one of those aforementioned bags full of parts.
      So, mutiny is and never has been an option for our military, for what you suggest, the laying down of arms, IS mutiny.
      It's not an option in many areas out of pure survival. In others, it's simply something you are apparently unacquainted with, honor. Our word of honor was given and accepted, we'll not breach that word.

      April 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RBrewster

    Wow, slow news day? Obviously not.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Name*Conga

    Why aren't the Republicans talking about cutting corporate welfare? Why is ok to bail out fraudulent banks but not homeless children?
    Please explain that ti ne?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      Why not tell Democrats that? Quit bailing out banks, auto industry, etc. They talk about cutting spending but they are not serious about it. The only way to do that is to make cuts where it hurts and the reality is that taxes should probably raise for everyone! Most unions need to go, and government workers should make less since they have that cushy retirement. Private sector workers have to save for retirement themselves and plan for their own health care, so why should government workers not have to do that unless they have to sacrifice pay. Sounds fair to anyone that takes a step back and thinks about it!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      To Realist: Really? you call yourself a realist? How about delusional – Congress may have a cushy retirement plan but most Government workers pay for their own retirement and also have pay and plan for their on healthcare. Seriously I do not know where you got your information – but a federal government workers salary is less that the private sector contractors who work for us!!!

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

      The Republicans just side step the issue of the big tax relief that corporations that have billions in profits and still getting millions in tax refunds. These corporations are not paying any taxes. Republicans are more concerned about defunding anything that helps the middle class or health care. We need to push back in 2012 against them.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Ignore Realist please. He has quickly forgotten about the similar Bush bailouts before he left office. It is only Dems that bailout corporations. Ha. It is only Reps that write tax law to let companies like GE pay $0 in taxes, while the rest of us pay our share.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Not Republicans that bailed out the banks, the Dems did that! It's time people that can work get off your ass and go to work, dig a ditch or get an education so you can do something else, i am tired of supporting you and all those who blame everyone else, it is not the governments place to take care of you!!! if your kids are suffering don't have anymore and go to work like the rest of us that are paying for you to sit on your ass!!! I know there are many people that need help, true help and they should be helped and if lazy people and crocked people didn't abuse social security and the government had kept their hands out of the pot, there might be money to help those few who truly need it and the people that paid into it, do you really think the government is suffering in all of this!!! Shutdown baby Shutdown!!!! Finally someone stand up for what is right!!!! Everyone put your hand down and do what our parents did and work for what you want! its not your right to be handed things!!!!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • razzledobe

      Obviously you havent read the new budget proposed for 2012 from Paul Ryan which ends corporate welfare and closes corporate taxloopholes!!!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Linda, your generalizations and motivational speaking are genius. The Bush bailouts bailed out Lehman Bros and AIG, it was a $700 billion FINANCIAL SYSTEM BAILOUT. Jesus, have you already forgotten, has it been that long?

      April 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      Hey, corporations need to eat too.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ST

      Josh~ Really? It was your buddy Obama that let GE hide in his pocket and avoid paying taxes. He did that – not the pubs. Get it right.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      The Oil companies get billions in subsidies let's cut those. The bailouts were Bush's Obama just followed through.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • amy

      Linda, I know fox news didn't tell you this-but BUSH bailed out the banks. Look it up.

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

      The bank bailouts aren't the issue, since many if not all have been paid back, and the govt made a profit on them. This is simply a power play by the RNC to increase their investments by reducing corporate taxes.

      So remember the next time you vote – your Republican candidates care only about themselves, it's their fault you were furloughed, or couldn't on your mortgage, or had your vacation screwed up because the parks were closed. The budget has been on the table for 432 or so days, these egocentric greedy pigs dont give a damn about you

      April 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Wow, these comments seem more appropriate for a hockey game instead of a serious debate about government. "Your teams is bad.... No, your team is bad" You all sound like a bunch of children. The problems we have to deal with were created by BOTH PARTIES, most members of which work to advance their supporters (who tend to be special interests) and ideology. Now that it seems most average citizens are sucked into this partisan bickering I really fear that we are all screwed. Unfortunately, everybody will get what the majority deserves.

      April 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fwl

      C'mon, folks, you're sounding just like congress! Quit pointing fingers at the other side!
      Truth is, both sides are guilty of getting this country in this mess, and both sides are going to have to make concessions to get us out of this mess. The longer you people keep blaming the other side, the longer it is going to take to get anything accomplished.

      April 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Furloughed Fed

      @Realist You need to get your facts straight. The majority of Federal workers now have to save for their own retirement too. The federal retirement rules changed from the old system that was predominately a defined benefit pension to a system that relies more on a 401K type retirement that you see in private industry. Yes, government does pay for a small pension approximately 30% of your high 3 year salary after 30 years of work, which is also comparable to what you see in private industry that still have some portion of their retirement as defined benefit plans. Our 401K system also matches employee contributions up to 5% of their salaries, which is consistent with some private employers, but is no means as good as those that offer top benefits packages. However as federal employees we don't get any form of sizeable bonuses, no profit sharing agreements nor the ability to purchase subsidized stock options like is the norm for many private sector employees. As a matter of fact, most government employees can't invest in many corporations due to conflict of interest ethics concerns, so we don't profit from our work. So while you private industry people are moaning about how good federal employees have it after the recession of 2008 which will eventually recover and you'll go back to earning your fat private salary checks we feds will continue to work for the same pay for at least the next two years and possibly very small raises thereafter due to the constrained fiscal environment for years to come. There really isn't as much financial incentive for people to work for the federal government other than the sense of working for something greater than yourself and working in support of your country. All we ask is that we are given the opportunity to do our jobs and receive fair compensation for it, otherwise you may lose out in your next job hunt to a highly educated and dedicated workforce that will be looking for better opportunities in the private sector for which to apply our talents. Also don't give me that tired old argument that public sector employees can't take working for private industry. I think we'll surprise you with how much we can do with very little, it's how we are used to working anyway and it how we'll bring value to any company's bottom line. So please do some research on the federal government compensation and benefits and quit spouting off the same recycled drivel that unfortunately is dumbing down this debate. I'll be revising my resume while on unpaid vacation and might just come after your job.

      April 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stacy

    I am not going to lie with only one income because I have not been able to find a job I am overwhelmed right now. Two vehicle payments two children and one we pay child support for how are we expected to survive. And than my husband expected to travel to work with price of gas as high as it is? So do we get penalized since we can't pay his son child support and can't pay our bills?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zack

      Sounds like you're living beyond your means. Guess you want us to feel sorry for your poor planning, hm?

      April 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      Do what ya gotta do. That's all I can tell ya.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • EJ

      Stacy you should read Dave Ramsey's book "Total Money Makeover". I helped change the way I think. Some of those bills are your choice like the car payments. Ditch the cars lose the payments and buy a couple of beater cars. People need to look at what they can do to fix their own situation rather then ask the Government to take car of them. Personal responsibility is key.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Why did you purchase two vehicles and have two kids? I've held off on having kids until I have amassed more financial wealth.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • TomG

      Zack, from what stacy said it looks to me as if they have 2 cars and 2 children. And THAT is considered living beyond their means? Thank god you're not one of those people who generalize and criticize without knowing the facts!!!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • al

      Your situation is of your own doing, live within your means, you'll get no sympathy here.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon

      You still can afford internet and a computer. Think about your priorities.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • KE

      TomG–The entire definition of living beyond your means involves not being able to afford the way you choose to live. By choosing to have 2 cars and 2 kids, if she can't afford her bills, she is clearly living beyond her means.

      April 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      What a bunch of Nazi's. What do you morons want this woman to do euthanize her children to an acceptable level? Lets see how is she and her husband supposed to work with only transportation for one of them? Oh and on the car situation maybe they are beaters and she had to go to a buy here pay here because she didn't have enough money to buy a car cash. For being the party of evangelicals the republicans kinda forgot all that stuff that Jesus taught that wasn't convenient. You know stuff like charity and being my brothers keeper turn the other cheek and love thy neighbor.

      April 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      TomG – If you cannot pay for what you make a "choice" to have, it is living beyond your means. How else would you define it?

      April 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • KE

      Joe–Re-read Stacy's post. She doesn't have a job. She doesn't "need" 2 cars right now. In fact, she probably owns a lot of things she doesn't "need". Computers, video game systems, and all of the electronic gadgets that people use now aren't even close to a necessity. My husband and I turned off our cable. We don't watch much TV anyhow, and you can borrow movies (or, gasp, even books) at the library. These things provide plenty of entertainment. There are many items that we own and consider normal or customary in today's society. That doesn't make the items necessary or needed. People (Stacy included) need to take more responsibility for their financial situations.

      April 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      Yup. You get penalized. Better make that child-support payment or the hubby ends up in JAIL. Your own kids, on the other hand, get to starve with no recourse. Don't you love the system?

      April 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Stacy

    Oh and LES's are already showing half..also is federal flights shutdown? So everyone is trapped where they are with no pay?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. paulse

    I for one could stand a break from government stupidity... if a shutdown meant even a day or two of quiet, that would be an upside.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • SrslyDude

      Seriously? Do you think for even one second the root of all government stupidity (aka Congress) is going to go away? The government faces that will have to go away are the hard working folks who run the national parks, the FBI, the defense department, and others behind the scenes struggling to make it just like everyone else.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beverly

      #1. We can thank all the voters for allowing the Government to remove God from the schools and wanting to take away a parents rights to raise their children according to the Bible. 2nd..We need to fire all the money-grubbing Congressmen who live in million dollar homes, and drive expensive cars and take expensive vacations on our money. This goes for both sides.
      The ones who suffer the most because of the selfishness of our so-called "leaders" are the Military...they lay down their lives for each and everyone of us including Congress, selfish as they are...The Senior Citizens most of who fought for your freedom to make decisions. Clean out the Government folks use your freedom to "clean out the filth, and vote for new...Fire everyone, and start from the top...

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

    Why is the president! Congress and high ups not stepping up and losing pay? Why is welfare! Unemployment and other government funded places shutting down? Why should people be able to sit on bottoms and get pay but soliers still work and not get pd?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stuart

    It is morally and ethically abhorrent that U.S troops of which I am one will be effected by the money grubbing of politicians who not only cant get the job done, but will continued to get paid for doing nothing. I hope they hear the death cries of those soldiers' giving their lives while their families wonder whether they can afford food. Listen up Washington because if you do this your career's are over if you let your soldiers suffer.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      Hear Hear. As a Veteran, I also feel that in a govt shutdown, since Congress is the problem, Congress should not get their pay and have it go to the military Who is defending their sorry, overpriced jobs. Congress needs a reality check on what they were elected for and who they represent, and who is doing the sacrificing to keep them employed.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greenie in PA

      You said it! F–k these da-n politicians. Another revolution is creeping closer everyday ... and not by just the radical Tea Partiers, but by all Americans. We've ALL had it with politicians and corporate America screwin' us.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • kareem j

      If it were possible,I think all military should boycott. You guys out there busting ya'lls asses putting your lives on the line for us. You should be the ones making double of what these "leaders" make.

      April 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RETIRED, BUT STILL ACTIVE FOR THE CAUSE

    As a federal employee, I will gladly take some time off without pay, but our military needs to get paid regardless of how long the budget standoff last. Nothing like a family at home with no money coming in while mom or dad (maybe both) is out there fighting for our right to do things like this. I am all for fixing the problem, but not at the expense of the military personnel! Those people holding the cards on the shutdown make more than enough to hold them over during a shutdown, but I know for sure most junior military personnel will suffer with even a minimum drop in pay. We call them UA or AWOL when they don't show up for work, but what do we call ourselves when we don't pay them for the work and service they do? Americans? If so, that is only because of the wars and battles that our military personnel have faught and won for us! GET IT RIGHT PEOPLE!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheKillingWords

      Seriously? Less traffic, no more audits for a few days, a stupid closed gift shop. Craig Johnson, how about you go up to each and every soldier and tell them they're not getting paid but at least we'll have more fish to catch. I'm sure that would go over very well. You're article was thoughtless, degrading and horribly self-serving.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheKillingWords

      Sorry, incorrectly posted under a reply.

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

      AMEN..........

      April 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Barbara

    Perhaps there should be a "pay the taxes" shutdown or "stop your automatic pay deposit, congressman" until they get this issue settled.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. A Warmk

    The U.S. has 435 House of Reps and 100 Senators. Each of these folks get large salaries and huge spending allowances. In addition they have huge staffs, all of which cost taxpayers money. Taxpayers pay for their living expenses,$100 bottles of wine, their cars, and the gas in their cars. Why should they care if we pay more for heat or transportation? They live for free. They have been robbing us forever and we allow it. They spend millions on re-election for good reason. There needs to be a 6 year term limit on all politicians. Each gets one term and if they are great, possibly run for another position. It is ridiculous that some politicians are in until death. What do they know of life in the real world???? One term only! No free cars! No housing! If most of us choose to work in another city, we commute or move. Enough is enough!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzy

      I don't think term limits would solve this...it's called exercising your right to vote. Congress get voted in office. If more people would pay attention and vote, then the 'bad' congressmen wouldn't be back in office.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tara

    I'm confused. I was under the impression that as of right now it was only a possibility the military won't get paid; however, the LES already shows the decision has been made and we are only getting paid for one week. I don't know about everyo

    April 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • dbarak

      Maybe it's just a pre-emptive move, thinking it might be easier to add pay in rather than take it out. Just a thought.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • CAW

      The military WILL be paid but only AFTER the appropriation is passed. So EVERY government worker who is required to work including the military will get the FULL amount owed to them when the bill is passed. YES it might be delayed in coming, but maybe some corporations might want to step up and say "If you're in the government you can pay your bill when the bill is passed."

      April 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nell

    Are people really undersanding what's really in this bill? The Republicans put the EPA, planned parenthood and everything but the kitchen sink in this thing. I believe some folks think the only thing in here is PP, which defunding can mean more cancers, less HIV screenings and less vacinations for kis!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie Jensen

      If the government shuts down, NO ONE should get paid. How is it fair to pay some and not others? We are serving overseas and won't get paid if the government shuts down, why should congress or anyone else receive checks? If it's lights out for EVERYONE, there is a greater incentive, and a sense or urgency, to fix this. It doesn't help that your average idiot is reading this and thinking it won't affect them very much. They don't care, as long as their social security checks come in the mail, and so what if National Parks are closed, that visas and passports aren't being issued. People don't need those things anyway. The people screaming "Shut er Down" have no clue that a shutdown actually costs money. When if affects everyone, it forces Congress to be held accountable to what the voters elected them to do- THEIR JOBS.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • ActnJackson

      Private insurance, Medicare, and Medicade, cover ALL of the procedures you just mentioned above.
      PP loosing its yearly handout won't have any perceptible impact on the nations health.

      April 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mario

    If non-essential government employees are not going to get paid, why are the senate and congress members getting paid?

    April 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Apparently they are essential as evidenced by their inability to craft a budget agreement.

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

      Mario – Amen. You nailed it.

      April 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16