A Nurse With Attitude

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Is it the End of the World if the Government shuts Down?

Congress is having late night meetings, Obama and the Democrats want to raise taxes and the debt ceiling while the Republicans want to cut spending, balance the budget, and leave the debt ceiling well enough alone. They all are crying that the other is party is holding up the works.  Obama went on air with his radio address saying that if we don’t get things going and work through this
stalemate soon, the government might shut down.  I ask, what if the government does shut down? I say, let it shut down. What has the government done for me?  What really constructive thing has the government done for anyone lately?  I pay my taxes and get nothing but waste corruption.  I guess if I were a federal employee and my livelihood depended on a tax dollar sponsored paycheck, well then, I would probably be worrying a lot more right now.  We all know that the government bureaucracy is rife with waste and is in desperate need of thinning.  But,  as a private citizen of this great country, I say “what could possibly happen that is so horrible if the government were to shut down?  What nightmares would a government shutdown cause Americans in general?  Witness the horror….

Social Security will continue. The government would continue to make Social Security payments to the 53 million beneficiaries. “We will continue to process applications for benefits, but it might take longer if a shutdown does occur,” said Mark Hinkle, a spokesman for Social Security. “The local offices will open for limited services. We are working on the long term specifics.”  With a  smaller workforce, the backlog of applications for Social Security disability benefits would grow  larger, an agency officials said. Healthcare will continue. Medicare, the program for people who are 65 and older would continue to pay doctors and hospitals for several weeks, using money from its trust funds…

Passports may be put on hold. As a national security agency,
the State Department would continue operations, but some activities, like
issuing passports for travelers and visas for foreigners coming to the United
States, could stop or face significant delays. Emergency consular services
would continue.

The Post offices would maintain their regular hours and mail
delivery would continue.

The food stamp program will continue. Since the government
makes the money available to states by the beginning of each month, advocates
for food stamp recipients predicted no immediate impact on benefits. “They
should be O.K. for at least an additional thirty days after a shutdown,” said Stacy
Dean, a food stamp expert at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

The military will continue. Active-duty personnel would
continue to work and earn pay during a shutdown, but would generally not
receive an actual paychecks until Congress appropriated money at some later
date. While troops already in combat zones might not get additional payment until
a new budget is approved by Congress. The Department of Homeland Security
expects to keep its “frontline” officers on duty during any government shutdown.
This  includes all immigration agents,
border-patrol officers and airport screeners. About 80 percent of the agency’s
employees are considered frontline and therefore protected from furloughs.

Members
of Congress would also continue working.

Most
national museums and parks are considered as non-essential would be closed
through the shutdown.

Federal
courts will remain open, although court officials say the loss of
“non-essential” personnel could slow operations.

Most
small-business lending programs of the U.S. Small Business Administration will come
to a halt. However, work on disaster loans will continue, as well as some of
the Inspector General’s investigative work, the preferred security bond program
for builders and work on previously approved real estate loans to small firms
will still go forward.

Most
federal campgrounds in National Forest areas will close and the grass will grow
long at Arlington National Cemetery.

All
federal agencies have been required to have a plan in case of a government
shutdown, and to regularly update that plan, since 1980, according to the White
House Office of Management and Budget..

“Our expectation is that it’s not going to have a big
impact,” said LaDonna A. Pavetti, of the Center on Budget and Policy
Priorities.

Write your congressman and tell them all to man up, spend
less , waste less, and be responsible!

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