It is official now. The Federal Government is closed.
...Unfortunately, we do not have a clear indication that Congress will act in time for the President to sign a Continuing Resolution before the end of the day tomorrow, October 1, 2013. Therefore, agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations....____
Also I should note that while 800,000 are being sent home today. Another 1,000,000 will be asked to stay on the job and receive no pay (The Republican dream.).
Also the House GOP last night, in the closing minutes of government started pushing to go to a conference committee. There they would fight/"negotiate" out the House and Senate bill.
This could sound good. The trouble is that the Democrats have been pushing for this on this matter for months now (It's been on the table since April.). But Republicans wanted to push to a late night showdown. But at the end, they wanted the conference.
And Reid said no. This is because a last minute conference where Republicans will continue to push ancillary issues, like the "Conscious Clause" on to Democrats as the government sits in shut down is just unacceptable. They can't win an election on their bad ideas, so they want a budget crisis to force their ideas on the country instead.
Republicans seems eager to disable government until they get all their wants. And they aren't getting their way.
GOP needs to grow up.
So we quickly race to a government shutdown, and Republicans are hard at work, getting on Twitter, getting on TV, making speeches they hope will make great campaign ads...You know, the important things.
So what is some of the impact of these efforts by Republicans to kill the Obamacare, block access to birth control, etc?
- Small Business Administration stops loaning to business.
- Student loans slow down.
- Home loans slow down.
- Clinical trials by National Health Institute will stop.
- EPA and other regulators slow down or just stop.
- Slowdown in passport processing.
- National Guard will hold off in aiding in disaster relief.
- Women, Infants, and Children nutrition program stops.
- The quick service at airports via E-Verify stops. (I imagine this will be quickly restarted. As last time.)
And along this, it will impact our economy. Because, despite the Republican mantra, government/public jobs ARE REAL JOBS. They may like to pretend otherwise, but all these people not working, not getting paid, and all the services out of function will hurt the country. We will look at 800,000 people going to work tomorrow morning to be told to go home, without pay.
Shutdowns remind us how much we rely on and need government. Republican never learn this lesson. So it is up to us voters to teach it to them at the ballot box.
Be pissed. Be registered. Be ready to vote.