Top 4 Myths of a Federal Government Shutdown

April 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

In my attempt to clear up somethings I’ve read over the past week in regards to the potential government shutdown…

Here are the Top 4 Myths of a Federal Government Shutdown:

1. “The world is ending.” Hmmm. While that may be partly true, it’s false. Yes, America is experiencing a downfall but government shutdown isn’t when America shuts down. It’s when the feds halt (or slow) programs that are considered “non essential.” For example, federal funding for abortions.

2. “The military won’t get paid.” While it’s possible, it’s untrue. The military’s last paycheck was already in cut in half. The cause? Fear of a shutdown.

3. Capitol Hill won’t get paid. No, no, no. That’s completely false. They will get paid for the great job they are obviously doing. Their job is to keep the country afloat! Can’t you see?

4. “It’s the Democrats fault!” It’s unfair to blame either party for the potential freeze. It’s essentially an ideology battle and most of all, politics.

The shutdown will affect everything from Social Security to business and students loans, Medicare to immigration services. But you have nothing to fear, yet. Last night, a “voice agreement” was reached, according to John Boehner, the Speaker of the House. A 7 day extension was passed in order to provide time to draft the agreement into bill form. Cuts sum up to roughly $38 billion, according to the White House.

During the cuts, remember the millions we are spending being involved in other countries war.

That’s a big difference from Obama’s proposal of $3.7 trillion, which included (but definitely not limited to) “cuts to social programs such as home heating for poor Americans, Pell Grants, and cleanup programs for the Great Lakes.”  As far as Republicans, their numbers fluctuated from $100 billion to $4 trillion.

“This agreement between Democrats and Republicans, on behalf of all Americans, is on a budget that invests in our future while making the largest annual spending cut in our history.” – President Obama

Can’t wait to see what agreement was reached. Until next time, let the myths fly!


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