To hear Democrats (and many Republicans) tell it, a government shutdown would be a cataclysmic event – rocking the nation to its very core.
But is that really the case?
No. In fact nearly half of the two million federal employees (that’s right – the federal government has two million employees) would remain at their posts during a shutdown. In fact during the 1995-96 shutdown less than half of all government employees were sent home.
If the U.S. House and Senate fail to reach a deal on a short-term spending plan prior to September 30, there’s a whole laundry list of things which will continue to receive funding.
American military operations would still be subsidized. Border Patrol agents would still … um, patrol our borders. Federal prisons would continue to house criminals. Social Security checks would still be mailed. Emergency medical care, food inspections, disaster relief, veterans benefits … all of these would continue to be provided.
The debt-addled U.S. Post Office – which honestly needs to be shut down – would remain open. So would the Federal Reserve, which means the government’s ongoing money-printing wouldn’t skip a beat.
Oh … and Homeland Security will continue to “touch your junk” and Uncle Sam will continue to spy on you during a government shutdown, because those are “excepted” positions.
And last but not least? Members of the U.S. Congress will continue to get paid.
So yeah … a “shutdown” isn’t really everything it’s cracked up to be now is it?