Thursday, October 3, 2013
Close to Nowhere
At this point in time (Tuesday afternoon), the government shutdown is not going to affect me.
My daughter, a nurse at the Mississippi state veteran’s nursing home in Oxford, does not anticipate being affected — it’s a state facility.
My youngest brother Danny, a “stationary engineer” at VA Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., a federal facility, might or might not be affected. His job, maintaining the boilers, etc. (don’t ask me, I don’t really know), is considered critical, so he has to go to work. He thinks he’ll be paid.
Of course, it may all be resolved by Tuesday afternoon, so my ponderings may be moot. After listening to the news this morning and then reading on CNN, I don’t think it will be though.
According to CNN, “A game of political chicken ended in failure in the first minutes of Tuesday, when neither side blinked, leading to the outcome nobody said they wanted — a shutdown that will stop 800,000 Americans from getting paid and could cost the economy about $1 billion a week.”
I don’t understand. One of our problems is our national debt limit. This is obviously going to cost the taxpayers money. My own personal opinion is that Congress shouldn’t get paid either.
Now, just a note to our local Democrats and Republicans. I am apolitical. Don’t send me nasty letters saying which side is right and which one is wrong. My own personal opinion is they all are.
One thing I do know is that the national parks are closed. I think that’s a shame. Wall Doxey State Park is not affected; it’s a state park. But Yellowstone is closed. I imagine all the historical monuments in Washington, D.C., are closed.
I don’t really understand the reasons for the shutdown. CNN says it should be worse than the shutdown in the 1950s. Apparently the shut-down when Clinton was president in late 1995. was only a partial shutdown — that lasted 21 days, into 1996.
The mail will continue to come. The military will continue to fight. And Social Security checks will continue to be paid. But, if you need a federal loan to buy a house, you’ll have to wait. If you want a gun permit or a passport, that won’t happen anytime soon.
Apparently Congress can’t agree on anything. Except the House and Senate did agree on one thing! They finalized legislation Monday to keep paying our troops.
Remember — don’t write me nasty letters about politics. I am neither Democrat nor Republican! Thank goodness!
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