‘government shutdown’? We couldn’t get that lucky!
WASHINGTON – Social Security checks would still go out. Troops would remain at their posts. Furloughed federal workers probably would get paid, though not until later. And virtually every essential government agency, like the FBI, the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard, would remain open.
That’s the little-known truth about a government shutdown. The government doesn’t shut down. And it won’t on March 5, even if the combatants on Capitol Hill can’t resolve enough differences to pass a stopgap spending bill to fund the government while they hash out legislation to cover the last seven months of the budget year.
Fewer than half of the 2.1 million federal workers subject to a shutdown would be forced off the job if the Obama administration followed the path taken by presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. And that’s not counting 600,000 Postal Service employees or 1.6 million uniformed military personnel exempt from a shutdown.
So we’re talking fewer than one in four federal workers staying at home. Many federal workers get paid on March 4, so it would take a two-week shutdown for them to see a delay in their paychecks. The rules for who works and who doesn’t date back to the early 1980s and haven’t been significantly modified since. The Obama administration hasn’t issued new guidance.
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Face Forward Comments:
Since the Federal Government is the largest employer in the US, even 25% of the workforce being of is a huge number. It could have a real nice impact on the debt if the furloughed workers were not paid. In fact I think it would be a good idea to have a budget crisis every month. We could then determine how much money we could put towards salaries and furlough the appropriate number of employees.
Here are just a few “Federal Services I could live with out:
Public Radio and TV could reduce broadcast time by 25% (or just completely close the National Endowment for the arts)
Pick any two and close them FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, NSA, ATF, DEA
US Department of Education close and return control to the States
Fannie Mae, Sallie Mae, Freddie Mac and all the other lending institutions ran by the Federal Government
Farm Subsidies (do we really need to pay people to NOT farm)
And finally to show just how totally our of control the Federal government is here is a list of organizations that are doing duplicate work to stop government waste on duplicate programs
** U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
** Congressional Budget Office’s
** Inspector General Office
** Government Performance and Results Act
** White House’s Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) program reviews
** The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee’s
You tell me. Do you really think a day, a week, a month or even a year with out the above will impact your life in a negative manner? I didn’t think so.