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09-23-2013, 07:45 PM
(CNN) -- Ticktock. Ticktock.

Just over a week remains. If the Democrats and Republicans don't stop bickering and agree to how the U.S. should pay its bills, the federal government will shut down, come October 1.

Shutdowns don't come cheap. Federal agencies have to use up time, energy and resources to plan for one. Shutting down and then reopening the government also costs money.

According to the Congressional Research Service, the two previous shutdowns -- in late 1995 and early 1996 -- cost the country $1.4 billion.
But what would a shutdown mean for you? Would your daily life be affected?

(The answer's yes, so keep reading.)

Here are 10 ways a government shutdown would affect you.

10.Vacation all I ever wanted: Need to get away? Well, you can't.At least not to national parks. Or to national zoos. Or to national museums. They'd all be closed. That's 368 National Park Service sites closed, millions of visitors turned away.

Were you thinking more along the lines of a trip to France? If you don't already have a passport, you could bid that adieu. It's unlikely you'd get your blue book in time. The last time the government threw a hissy fit, 200,000 applications for passports went unprocessed. Tourism and airline revenues reeled.

9. Holiday. Celebrate: Don't come to work if you're a federal employee. You're on furlough. (Offer not valid for workers in "critical services," such as air traffic controllers, hazardous waste handlers and food inspectors.)

Do take some time to celebrate. In previous shutdowns, everyone who stayed home was paid retroactively after peace returned to Washington.

8. I won't back down: The good news (for you) is that the men and women in uniform would continue to keep you safe. The bad news (for them) is that they'd be paid in IOUs until the shutdown ended. In January, Sens. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, and Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, introduced legislation that would have protected pay for the troops during a shutdown, but it didn't get anywhere.

Rep. C.W. Young, chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, told the Air Force Times, "All military personnel will continue to serve and accrue pay but will not actually be paid until appropriations are available."
Their mid-October paycheck would be the first affected. In addition, the congressman told the paper, changes of station would be delayed, medical offerings would be scaled back, facility and weapons maintenance would be suspended and most civilian employees would be furloughed until appropriations are available.
Scenarios of the shutdown

7. If you drive a car, I'll tax the street: You may be thinking, "No functioning government, no need to pay taxes." Think again. The Man would continue to collect taxes. U.S. bonds would still be issued. And other essential banking functions would go on.

6. Wait a minute, Mr. Postman: You know that whole "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night" thing? Apparently, the U.S. Postal Service works through shutdowns as well. Sorry, you won't catch a break from the junk mail. But hey, you may already be a winner!

5. I want a new drug: Oh, the irony. The Republicans want to defund Obamacare in exchange for funding the government. But the health care act at the center of this storm would continue its implementation process during a shutdown. That's because its funds aren't dependent on the congressional budget process.

4. Pass the ammunition: Not so fast. A shutdown would affect the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Translation: That gun permit you wanted processed wouldn't happen anytime soon.

3. Money (that's what I want): Well, if you own a small business and needed a loan from the government, you'd have to wait. If you were planning to buy a house and needed a federal loan, you'd have to wait. If you're a veteran, you might have to make a few trips to the mailbox before that check arrived.

If you're on Social Security, however, don't worry -- probably. Social Security payments were sent during the last shutdown. President Obama's expected to keep workers on the payroll to process checks. But would there be enough employees to process new benefits for the newly retired?

2. Anything dirty or dingy or dusty: Oscar the Grouch is a company of one. No one loves trash. But if you live in Washington, expect it to pile up if there's a shutdown. There wouldn't be anyone to collect your garbage. Washington's budget has to be approved by Congress. No budget for the city = no trash collection. And, according to The Washington Post, D.C. produces about 500 tons of garbage each week.

1. I'm proud to be an American: Perhaps the biggest hit would be to the collective psyche. America is the largest economy in the world and a beacon for how democracy ought to work. To watch elected lawmakers engage in a high-stakes staring contest with no one willing to blink is no way to do business. A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll found that 51% will blame Republicans if the government closes its doors. The U.S. has operated without a budget since 2009 and has avoided a government shutdown with last-minute deals. It's been one stomach-turning sequel after another.



Tick tock. What will happen? What happens when America runs out of cash and defaults? Will Americans still be proud to be American? Will Americans still consider themselveles to be exceptional and better than the rest of us? Will Americans be able to buy new drugs?

Will Obama finally be forced to make a budget?

Will the world end?


Will China foreclose on deadbeat USA? Pretty sure the world is getting sick of bs 'last minute' deals on the Debt Ceiling. When the hell will Obama make a damn budget?

America already had a humiliating Credit Downgrade and China said --

“China, the largest creditor of the world’s sole superpower, has every right now to demand the United States to address its structural debt problems and ensure the safety of China’s dollar assets,”

“The days when the debt-ridden Uncle Sam could leisurely squander unlimited overseas borrowing appeared to be numbered,” - Xinhua ( China )

That was ages ago. America has only made things worse for itself and the rest of us since. Why wont Obama make a budget at least? For christ sake. All this and still no god damn budget? WTF?


09-23-2013, 07:59 PM
Actually, all but essential services would stop functioning in the event the Government were to shut down.

This includes (but is not limited to) police departments, fire departments, armed forces, post office, air traffic, corrections, utilities and National Wildlife Services.

Points number 10, 8, 7 ad 2 aren't entirely accurate.

09-23-2013, 08:10 PM
Actually, all but essential services would stop functioning in the event the Government were to shut down.

This includes (but is not limited to) police departments, fire departments, armed forces, post office, air traffic, corrections, utilities and National Wildlife Services.

Points number 10, 8, 7 ad 2 aren't entirely accurate.Pay no attention to germ. He's an Aussie who post nothing but anti-american rants, very rarely does he even get a response so after talking to himself for a few posts he usually moves on.

09-23-2013, 08:16 PM
The Republicans are doing a fantastic thing.

Obama is already a dead man walking as far as his Presidency is concerned.

Obama is the worst president in US history by a long shot.

Obama is a failure.

Obama is a very bad joke.

If Obama cant negotiate some form of compromise then he is good for nothing.

The government shutdown will be the fault of Obama. The do less than nothing pin prick president.

Republicans are global heros for what they are doing.

Lets all hope the Republican party can stand strong on not funding Obamacare and force the no-budget president to actually make a Federal Budget.

I reall hope the Republicans stay strong and refuse to back down.

Hooray for the Republican party! They are Chinas most valuable useful idiots... HA!



09-23-2013, 08:17 PM
Well Germ I have really bad news for you? we collect enough taxes to pay those interest payments so the USA will not default.

You have not been getting up in the morning and reminding yourself that you come from a little piss ant country that does not really make a difference again? have you?

So time to stop your dreaming and let the big boys play, Enjoy your new government bringing what we call conservative ideas to your country, and making stronger ties with the west.

looks like communism will have to wait for a while until it comes to Australia.

09-23-2013, 08:22 PM

Asia Pacific is the new Rome.

And Australians have a higher standard of living than povo Americans.


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So its official. Australia is the greatest nation to live in on the earth. Take that Norway. I was surprised to see that the United States was ranked third. I thought they would be way down the list.

Australia is the land of the gold plated AAA Credit Rating. The land of the Resources Boom. The land of low unemployment. The land that shrugged off the GFC. Australia is in the perfect position geographically as the power shifts to the East. Australia is by far in the best position to face the future compared to the other OECD Nations

The biggest threat to Australia is the Federal Government that is intent on pandering to the United States Government despite the fact that Australias future is with China and not the United States.

09-23-2013, 08:25 PM
Gold plated AAA Credit Rating baby.

Gold Plated.