Remember the 90’s government shut down only 10% of the 2.8 million federal employees were affect for three weeks and no one notice any changes minor or major. This time around it will be similar and the essential services all get preformed. Mail is delivered, Social Security checks are processed, Medicare is taken care of, prisons are taken care of and fireman report to work.
The real question needs to be; Why are we even dealing with a government shut down?
From what I can figure out the political machine is not running like a well-oiled machine it’s running like a well-oiled ‘good ole boy’ system with Democrats and Republicans trying figure out who to blame instead of fixing the problem, oh business as usual. The debate seems to be focused around how many trillions of dollars that everyone wants to spend; Democrats want to spend a few more trillions than the Republicans. I wonder if there is a real difference between cutting 30 billion (Democrats) vs. 100 billion Republicans pledge to America (Tea Party supported) vs. 60 billion Rep. John Boehner (R) now is requesting. I can’t imagine the pennies we will save from anyone of the plans on the current 14.21 trillion dollar debt that increases by the second (if you haven’t seen the US debt clock check my site).
Concern for women:
If the debt situation is not dealt with using ‘real’ short and long-term plans women and children will suffer the most from the fall out, we are the recipients of most of the social programs.
If the government does shut down the only thing I can think that will happen is the United State Senate and Congress will be seen as immature adults and everyone in the world will wonder if the Unites States can remain the most respected and powerful country in the world.
Maybe in the 2012 election women can vote them all out and find some men and women that can balance a budget, create short and long term spending plans and think about the ‘Average America Woman’. Remember, most elected federal officials are millionaires and the people collecting and spending your money (federal employees) have not felt the recession (no lay-offs/Public Employee Benefits and the New Normal) and their (DC federal employees) house values have risen! (D.C. housing prices rise in 2011)
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