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>What Happens When/If Government Shuts Down?

>By Don White, Syndicated Columnist

Depending on viewpoint, a temporary government shutdown wouldn’t be that bad. But one must ask whose ass will be gored and whose won’t?


How does government determine which offices to keep open and which to close? It hinges on whether their office is critical to protecting life or property, or has another source of money, such as user fees.
Here’s a list of how a shutdown would impact some parts of the federal government:
Military » Troops would remain on duty, receiving IOUs rather than paychecks. “They will continue to earn money during this period,” said a senior Obama administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity as a matter of White House policy. “But given that we don’t have any money during this period of time, they will not receive paychecks.” They would be ce Congress and the president sign a budget paid retroactively ondeal.
Internal Revenue Service » Income tax returns filed electronically would be processed. Payments would be collected. “We need to be able to collect the money that is owed to the U.S. government,” the senior administration official said. Refunds for e-filed returns also would be sent automatically. But paper-filed returns would not be processed, and refunds would be held until furloughed employees could return to work.
Mail » The U.S. Postal Service would still deliver the mail, thanks to income from stamps. “We’re self-funded,” said Postal Service spokesman Gerry McKiernan. “It’s a normal day for us.”
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Social Security » Checks would still be sent out to current beneficiaries, either through the mail or electronically. The Obama administration said final plans were still being prepared, and would not say whether the Social Security Administration would be able to handle claims for new beneficiaries.
Medicare » Would still make payments to beneficiaries “at least for a short period of time,” according to the senior administration official.
FBI » and other federal law enforcement. Would keep working.
Parks » National Parks would close. The Smithsonian Institution’s museums and the National Zoo would be closed. Saturday’s Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington would be canceled.
Air traffic control » The Federal Aviation Administration refused to say whether it would shut down air traffic, referring questions to the Office of Management and Budget. That office didn’t respond to questions.

We’ll try to keep you updated on this. It is very possible that at the last minute either the president, senate, or the House may cave in to one another and come up with a compromise settlement. The President has dragged his feet on this thing and has played brinkmanship politics, running off to New York to honor his old friend, then nemesis, Community Organizer and often pain in the neck racial crusader Al Sharpton. That necessitated the late night meeting in the White House between House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and President Barak Obama.


Apparently, they came up with nothing. Talks will, however, continue Thursday, Friday, and into Saturday morning in some form or fashion. Republicans blame the Democrats and they blame the Republicans. The Tea Party electees came to Congress wanting spending cuts of $100 million and the president and his side said no.
Finally, the Republicans came down to $60 million and the Democrats wouldn’t negotiate. A wily bunch, these donkeys are, wouldn’t you say? Now the President is at about $30 million and the Republicans are at $40 million.


I wonder if Donald Trump wants the presidency so bad that he’s prepared, along with Barak Obama, to buy the presidency (Trump’s own money against Obama’s union money) then the two should split the ten million difference and get this one settled. I’m sure Trump would be willing. But would the socialistic/communistic union boss4es go along? 


You see, it isn’t Barak Obama who decides things these days for america. It’s the unions he’s beholden to, so it’s the union bosses who run America and it will have to be the unions who decide if they will go along with coffing up $5 million to get this matter settled. I’m sure Trump would pay $5 million. Look what that would do for his prestige as a bone fide presidential candidate. Image, electing as president a man who could buy the United States. Comment on that below please. And comment on this also: If America can go without government workers in the nation’s capitol for a few days or weeks, maybe we don’t need such a large federal government. I think this is an opportunity for the nation to see how well things run without so many bureaucrats.
Don White

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