Monday, April 11, 2011

What Happens When the Government Shutsdown?


"As Congress and the White House continued today to negotiate on a budget while time ticks down to the end of the government's current budget authority, the officials, who spoke on background, laid out how a shutdown would affect departments and agencies."

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/04/08/135180184/how-a-government-shutdown-would-play-out

Review the article and then share which parts you think would effect you long term and short term.

http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/04/06/administration-paints-picture-possible-government-shutdown

7 comments:

  1. The time ticks while congress continues to negotiate on budget numbers. If the government were to shut down then there would be many effects on the nation. "Processing of paper-filed returns, which account for about 30 percent of all returns, would be suspended. Tax audits would be suspended. Returns filed electronically would continue to be processed." http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/04/08/135180184/how-a-government-shutdown-would-play-out
    Tax payer and bills would be delayed which means money flow would be stopped. Many workers would lose their jobs, They would be subject to the same guidelines as other civilian employees — furloughed, unless they are determined to be essential to the safety of life or protection of property. A significant number would be furloughed." The people with jobs are tax payers and tax payers are the ones that pay the bills and taxes. If taxes were to be delayed then the government wouldn't have anyones money to spend, which could then cause even more national debt. These types of debts effect everyone in the long run because once the government is running again, we will have to make up for the lost time that would have made money. Tax payers would then have to pay a higher tax rate in order to pay off some debts. "Although Medicare is funded, other activities at Health and Human Services are suspended."
    http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/04/06/administration-paints-picture-possible-government-shutdown#ixzz1JNXBxrOw
    THis would effect the total heath of our nation. We humans are fragile and rely on medical services to get through these difficult times. WIthout the aid of health and human services, there may be many more diseases that arise, which could cause an epidemic. There is no short term areas from the effect of the government shutting down, Everything effects the other and it's be helped.

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  2. Parts of this shutdown that would effect Americans including me in the long run include the housing market. People or families who are planning on selling their house would find it more difficult and those working in the housing market will have a hard time selling houses. The government is also going to stop processing direct federal loans to small businesses. Tax refund paper files are also going to be "delayed." Places that I go to and many other Americans go to during their free time like national parks and museums would shut down. I go to art museums in San Francisco, and some of them may not be there anymore. This could effect people in the long run and the short term because younger generations will not grow up with what we had. The fact that more museums are being shut down gives children a harder time to learn new things and with less national parks, again, it'll be harder for our generation to take our kids there someday because there will be fewer places to go. Things that people enjoy are being shut down and that will affect our nation in short term and long term. For example, "the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, scheduled for Saturday in Washington, D.C., would be cancelled." (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/04/08/135180184/how-a-government-shutdown-would-play-out) These are fun family oriented places, and without an abundant source of these things, our future generation of children will be affected. In the short term, Americans all across the nation will be disappointed and not have as many fun and innocent things to do. However,
    "activities that would continue, they said, include those "necessary for the safety of life and protection of property," including the military, law enforcement, air traffic control and Department of Homeland Security functions." (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/04/08/135180184/how-a-government-shutdown-would-play-out) This will effect us in a positive way in the future because we need to protect our safety before anything.

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  3. With the government shutdown there would be short and long term effects. A short term effect that would be the shuting down of national parks and the national zoo. This is only temperary and the effects would also be. A long term effct that would have an impact would be shutting down the EPA. "The Environmental Protection Agency will cease facilities for air, land and water pollution, but keep up ones necessary for protection of life." (http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com) With the shut down of the EPA, pollution will increase and can cause health problems in the future.

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  4. The shutdown will effect me and my family. The housing market will be effected by this shutdown and will make it much harder for people to sell their houses. My family is planning to sell their house when they become older but if this shutdown continues then it might be impossible to sell their home. Also the people that are selling the houses will be effect too they won't be able to earn their commission. Another long term effect is reducing the EPA because we already have an environment that is decaying and we're struggling to keep it from wasting away. If the EPA is reduced heavily then our planet might be in danger. "Other activities such as the work of the Department of Health and Human Services would be suspended." These departments are important to our society and might change our society completely because we always pressed on all these agencies but now we have to cut all them back. It is a shame that we have to shutdown all of these wonderful things that made our country such a nice place to live in. We will still be the same country but with less benefits because of the situation we have put ourselves in.

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  5. The main problem that I am seeing in this Government shutdown issue is the fact that 800,000 federal employees will be losing their jobs. This is unfair, as unemployment is already high. This means unemployment will increase, making it even harder for people who are currently unemployed to find work. This will impact me, as my stepfather has been looking for work for around two years now. He may not even receive unemployment checks if this were to occur. Unemployment is the largest problem in today's economy, (even why the government may close). Why would we spend more than we receive? We got ourselves into this mess, and by cutting spending on multiple programs we can help the government, but by cutting workers we are just going to make living conditions here in the United States harder.

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  6. short term effects
    "the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, scheduled for Saturday in Washington, D.C., would be cancelled."
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/04/08/135180184/how-a-government-shutdown-would-play-out
    long term effects
    I believe that without out real pay checks, though they still are earning credit in a sense, since that lack of immediacy in the receiving of funds is and will become more of a problem as time goes by will cause more and more military personal to abandon the armed services. If this is prolonged the affect on our national defense will become extremely apparent, this could shake up the organization and fluidity of our national protection. Perhaps though this will cause us to turn inward and fix our own problems before wasting our funds getting in everyone else business

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  7. If the government were to shut down then the economy of the nation would be in great danger.This would jeopardize families all across the world. As of right now "800,000-plus civilian federal workers — including those employed by the Department of Defense" will be out of their jobs.
    (http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/04/06/administration-paints-picture-possible-government-shutdown)
    In a short term effect would be shutting down national parks and zoos, "the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, scheduled for Saturday in Washington, D.C., would be cancelled."
    (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/04/08/135180184/how-a-government-shutdown-would-play-out)
    A long term effect would be shutting down the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cease facilities for air, land and water pollution, but keep up ones necessary for protection of life."
    (http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/04/06/administration-paints-picture-possible-government-shutdown)
    If the government shuts down the Environmental Protection Agency then pollution in the nation will increase.

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