4/07/2011

Tomorrow, When the Government Shuts Down...

President Obama and our Congressional Leaders have been bantering back and forth for quite some time now about how to effectively and efficiently cut our national budget. The deadline for decision making is fast approaching; if they have not come to an agreement by tomorrow night, our nation will experience a partial government shutdown. This means that all non-essential government spending will cease. So, you will still have emergency personnel, including national security personnel, and air traffic control and earthquake monitoring, but non-contracted national parks and museums would close. You will get your mail, but government offices will close and the employees will go on furlough. Social Security checks will be paid, but many government websites will darken. If you have yet to receive your tax refund, buckle down, it could take a while. The military is in the middle of their 2 week pay cycle, so they will get paid for the first week, but there could be a significant pay for the second week (and every week thereafter if the lawmakers don't get their butts in gear).

Bravo to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., who has promised to fore go his salary of $174,000 a year if the government does shut down. And even bigger cheers to him for writing letters to his his fellow senators encouraging them to do the same.

Did you catch that?

Yes- my brother in law who is stationed in Japan right now, amidst tsunamis, earthquakes and nuclear scares will not get his full pay even though he has to stay and do his job, but the lawmakers who are NOT getting their job done, will get their full pay. Just saying...


So, what's the hang up?
It is things like how much to cut. One party wants to cut one amount and the other party says, "oh my, but that's too much". They can't decide on whether or not to make a permanent budget adjustment or just a temporary one. They are fighting over whether to cut programs like Planned Parenthood (which really gets my goat to begin with- I am fundamentally opposed to abortion, so why do I have to pay for yours because you couldn't be responsible??? Keep your pants on.) And they can't decide how much to cut of from other programs like health care and social security.

Really, they are fighting and pouting too much and not looking at the better good of the whole enough. And that is going to fall back on us.

On one hand, I say great, fight it out, I think there is way too much government spending, so don't back down! On the other hand, I think enough is enough. So, I propose to cut the pay of the Budget Makers. They should be forced to work without pay (maybe we should send their paychecks to active military or police officers...) Because maybe then, if they are faced with no longer being paid, they'll grow up and get it done.

You want to read more? Here's where I got my info:

Federal Workers Brace for the Worst

Sticking Points

What a Shutdown Means

Shutdown Talks

Whaddya think?

4 comments:

  1. I say cut the pay of the budget makers and give it to firefighters, military, and cops, and just for the heck of it, cancer research and children`s charities.

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  2. The founding fathers of our nation VOLUNTEERED their time in service to build this country. Imagine how different our country would be run if there were no large paychecks to be made in Washington. So I agree Shay, put a hold on the politician's checks and then maybe their priorities would come back down to reality long enough to get their jobs done. After all what would happen to our jobs if we didn't get our work done? Great post!

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  3. You know this is all great. I agree with everything but the planned parenthood thing.

    They provide services like cancer screenings, std tests, HIV tests, and prenatal care for birth mothers.

    Only 3% of their services are abortions meaning 97% are preventative care.

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  4. I was about to say the same thing about Planned Parenthood and only 3% being abortion services. They offer an amazing service to low and even middle-income women who are uninsured or underinsured. They provide annual gyn exams, pap smears, mammograms, etc. in addition to what is listed above. I have lots of friends here that go to PP to get birth control since BYU health insurance doesn't cover it. Maybe they should just keep their pants on too?

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