- Posted September 28, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shut 'er Down - What Difference Does It Make?
Once you cut through all the rhetoric, the soundbytes, the pontification, it becomes clear that neither Democrats nor Republicans, neither the Congress nor the President are as concerned with whether a continuing resolution to fund government operations past midnight Monday as our elected officials, those Washington DC political beings, would like for us, the every day American citizen, to believe.
But there is good reason to not be as worried as the hyper partisanship would suggest. That reason is history since 1973.
There have been a total of 17 government shutdowns during the last 40 years. The most notable was the 21 days in 1995-96 during the standoff between House Speaker Newt Gingrich and President Bill Clinton. Yet, even though three weeks were lost, America kept turning. The government kept operating.
The cost of the shutdown in dollars was not quite $2 billion which in government math is small change. The government spends nearly 15 times that much each day. Most of that nearly $2 million was use to pay furloughed government employees.
Truth is there is never an actual shutdown of the government. There are some services curtailed or not offered and non-essential government personal are furloughed without pay. Routinely once the opposing politicans reach an agreement those employees get paid any way.
So why all the hand wringing this time?
It sets the stage for what will be the real crisis in almost three weeks from now when the nation's borrowing ability is halted. If the Congress and the President cannot reach an agreement to up the debt ceiling, the limit of how much money the government can borrow, then there will be consequences for all Americans which will most likely have a global impact as well.
But for now, Social Security checks will go out. Military retirees will still get their pensions. Medicare reimbursements will be paid.
Members of Congress will have to do without their staff running interference and doing the research. Members of Congress will have to do things for themselves including talking with one another.
I am not advocating closing down any part of the government. But I am saying the grand scene playing out on the news networks and C-Span is a theatrical production worthy of Cecil B. DeMille.
Our political leaders and representatives should be ashamed.
A shutdown on October 1 will have negligible effect. This does, however, set the stage for the disastrous cliff the nation will face without Congress and the President negotiating and doing what is best for the common good and raising the debt ceiling on October 17.
Think of all this microphone hogging and spotlight grabbing as the warm up for the main attraction.
From the Cornfield, do not allow the press nor the politicians to scare you with misinformation and half truths. Research for yourself. Then call, write, text, tweet, visit your Representative or Senator and the President and give them your two cents.
Don't take my word for this, read more on your own and come to your own conclusions.