Government Shutdown 2011? 5 Reasons Why It Wouldn’t Really Matter Either Way

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Is the U.S. government going to shutdown on March 4th, 2011?  Possibly.  The current temporary funding extension expires on that day.  Speaker of the House John Boehner has pledged that the Republicans in the House will not pass another temporary funding extension that does not include “deep” cuts.  Barack Obama has pledged that he will veto the 61 billion dollars of budget cuts that the House of Representatives has just passed.  So now Boehner and Obama are playing a really bizarre game of chicken, and if neither of them blinks the U.S. government will shut down on March 4th.  So what will that mean?  Well, in a “government shutdown”, the entire government does not actually shut down.  Rather, only “essential personnel” are kept on during a shutdown and only “essential services” are provided.  Barack Obama would keep showing up at the White House and the U.S. military would continue to do their thing.  But it would cause a temporary disruption to a lot of government activities that people normally rely on.


In the end, however, a shutdown of the U.S. government would not really make much of a difference at all unless it went on for a number of months.  The following are 5 reasons why….

#1 The “Deep” Cuts That The Republicans Are Proposing Are An Absolute Joke

So the Republicans and the Democrats are blowing all of this hot air over a measly 61 billion dollars?

What a joke.

Considering the fact that the federal budget deficit for this year is projected to be 1.65 trillion dollars, a mere 61 billion dollars is just a drop in the bucket.

Whether 61 billion dollars gets cut or not is not really going to make much of a difference in the long run.

Does anyone out there really believe that there is a significant difference between a $1.65 trillion budget deficit and a $1.59 trillion budget deficit?

At the end of the day, neither political party is willing to consider serious cuts to Social Security, Medicare or the U.S. military.

The fact that a mere 61 billion in budget cuts has us on the verge of a government shutdown proves that the U.S. government will never be able to have a balanced budget ever again.

#2 The Mail Will Still Be Delivered And Everyone Will Still Eventually Get Their Government Checks

During the last government shutdown the post office still delivered mail.  Social Security checks were still sent out.  Life did not end.

Sure there may be a delay in the delivery of government checks to some people and the processing of new Social Security claims may be put off for a little while, but fairly quickly after the end of a government shutdown life would get back to “normal”.

#3 Government Workers Will Still Eventually Get All Their Pay

During the 5 day U.S. government shutdown back in 1995, approximately 800,000 “non-essential” government employees were told not to come in to work.  But eventually they all got paid retroactively.  So not much harm was really done.

#4 The Government Will Not Really Save That Much Money By Shutting Down

Yes, the government will initially save a bit of money from shutting down, but then there will be additional costs to ramp back up after the shutdown is over.  In fact, many analysts actually believe that the last two government shutdowns actually cost the government a lot more money than they saved.

#5 Whatever “Deal” That Obama And The Republicans Would Agree To After A Government Shutdown Is Probably Very Similar To Whatever Deal They Would Agree To Now

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives just passed a budget measure that includes $61 billion in budget cuts.  Dozens of federal programs would be eliminated.  Federal funding for AmeriCorps and PBS would end.  Funding for Planned Parenthood is also on the Republican chopping block.

Obviously Barack Obama cannot agree to these things without his ultra-liberal base going hog wild.

But all of the Tea Party politicians that were just sent to Washington D.C. are bound and determined to show that they are serious about budget cuts.

So who is going to end up compromising?

In the end, a group of moderate Republicans could defect and strike a deal with Obama and the Democrats on a new spending bill, but that would make those moderate Republicans a huge target for the Tea Party during the next election.

In any event, it will be very interesting to see how it all plays out.  If we do see a government shutdown it probably will not be for more than a few days.

But wouldn’t it be interesting to see what would happen in the event that the government did shut down for 3 or 4 months?

Would the economy crash?

Would life as we know it change significantly?

Would the American people become extremely angry with one of the political parties?

Perhaps the greatest benefit of an extended government shutdown would be that it would get the government off our backs for at least a little while.

In the end, however, all of this is going to matter very little.

Even if the Republicans got all of the spending cuts that they want we are still going to have a record-breaking federal budget deficit this year.

Our politicians in Washington D.C. simply do not have the will to balance the budget.  Nor do the American people want them to deeply slash their government benefits.

So whether there is a government shutdown or not things are going to keep rolling along as they have been.

The U.S. government is going to continue to pile up the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world, and politicians from both parties will continue to give wonderful speeches about how we need to “take responsibility” and “cut spending”, but very few of our politicians will ever actually even try to do anything substantial about it.

In the end, the rest of the world is going to get sick and tired of lending us gigantic amounts of money at super low interest rates.  The Federal Reserve will have to “monetize” more and more and more of our debt.  As this thing plays out, it is just going to become increasingly obvious that this whole game is just one huge Ponzi scheme.

Yes, we can continue running obscene budget deficits for right now, but a great day of reckoning is approaching.  When that day arrives there will be plenty of blame to go around.  Every president since World War 2, every Congress since World War 2, the Federal Reserve and most of the American people have all participated in this madness.

But we are all going to pay the price when the economy crashes.

  • Colin

    This is razzle-dazzle for the base. In the end game, President Obama will concede to many of the Republican demands, and the Republicans will emerge stronger from this spectacle stronger than before.

  • Gabe

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  • Elihu

    This ‘economic collapse’ that we have been constantly warned of for the past 2 or 3 years certainly has become a slow train wreck…

  • john

    They are simply rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.They continue to “kick the can” down the road, but the road ends at the edge of a cliff! You will never change things by hiring new politicians!

  • smitty

    Let the government shut down. It means nothing . The ONLY way this country will ever become great again is to get rid of the “federal” reserve and ban ALL lobbying. Period. This once great country has been hijacked by special interests and world bankers for hundreds of years. Wake up America!!Study the “federal” reserve,how it came to be and WHO owns it.Then look up the lobbyists and WHO are behind them. Get off your asses and research! I guarantee that you will find the pattern. Then when you finally see it humbly ask our Father in heaven to let the truyh be known to the masses and maybe just maybe he will heal our land. You will see this in the corporate media- its owned by the same cabal that owns the rest of the machine. Wake up America, think about the children, our children and what we are leaving for them. Tell all of your neighbors and friends. All of the information you need is on the internet. Take advantage of it, educate yourself. EVERYTHING we were taught in school is one big gigantic LIE! But it is not too late.

  • PatriotRider

    Shut it down and don’t start it back up…

  • buck

    @smitty…that is the truth! And you are right about it being available on the Internet…until someone cuts us off from it.

    I agree with the article that shutting down government will not matter. It will be interesting if Big Bro and Big Sis shut down the Internet along with the government for a few days or whatever the time period.

    I know Big Sis is watching and for her here is one big REDEYE aimed straight at you! I know that was not nice to say but these shills that want to control us are neither “nice” themselves! They are destroying the country for self gain.

  • Gary

    It worked for Clinton-He mopped the floor with the pathetic contract with America and Newt Gingrich. Maybe Obama will mop the floor with boner-he sure cries enough so Obama will not even need a mop bucket/water.

  • mondobeyondo

    Fine by me.

    Shut down the government for the rest of 2011, and save a couple trillion dollars.

  • Seeings as how Government is, in the final analysis, a parasite on the people then a Government shutdown would go far toward allowing the economy to grow as suppressed businesses and people are allowed to blossom.

  • S Barringer

    Yeah, let it shut down and die. That will us a breather from their constant assault of one variety or another. If the gov never started up again, we could get back to the business of living a real life instead of struggling day to day for survival from their machinery.

  • Steven

    Shut it down we don’t need them, there just dragging us all down with them.

  • Guido

    It’s all window dressing until the Rs start talking about making cuts in the TRILLIONS. Why not defund the Dept. of Education-they’ve never taught one person. You could cut Housing and Urban Development-they’ve never housed a soul. You could end the Nat’l Endowment for the Arts-they’ve never made a single painting. You could chop out the Dept. of Energy-they’ve never generated a joule, nor come anywhere near their original goal of getting us energy independent. You could easily cut these and and all non-DOD departments in half, give them a year, reassess, and cut them in half again. You could also work to limit the WH’s expenditures. De-fund every non-vital institution, appropriation, and aid program.
    It’s time the US learned to live within its means, much like its citizens have been forced to learn…

  • Uncle B

    Oil hit $100.00 a barrel today! Gold stands firmly above $1350.00 an ounce. Just what is a U.S. dollar worth today anyway? The government is not saving much by shutting down at all.
    Today marks the beginning of the terrifying deeper second dip of the recession. This time, not much leverage left for printing money before a Zimbabwe syndrome sets in and basics like bread go to over $100.00 a loaf, if you can find any.
    pundits once jokingly suggested $5.00 a gallon gasoline as the absolute breaking point for the nation’s economy, now predict it for this summer, as the Middle East disintegrates, and American puppet dictators fall in domino fashion before our very eyes.
    The interest on the national debt grows by the minute, regardless! No way out America! Pay Now! Hu said so! Who is Hu? Hu is China’s top dog, and he wants his piece of America now! So now who’s who?

  • The government will shut down, because you have one party who is trying to balance the budget withiout deep cuts and the other party who is in it for themselves by not touching the rich people, but hurting the working class, the disabled , the underemployed, the unemployed so that they can cut all of our social services. I does not really matter whether there is a government shutdown or not, because we are all going to pay for it in the end because of the republicon party and tea party people. Go ahead shut the government a break, so that the Democrats can teach the republicans and tea partiests a lesson economics 101. We will make it through either way.

  • Broohaaa

    Of course most of you only see the small picture, the underlying attrocities that you dont see is things like, passports are distributed, so if your a business flyer, you arent going anywhere if your in need of a visa or passport. The federal reserve will stop functioning, the senators, congressmen and everyone else will get retoractivly paid for doing nothing. the simple fact remains, this isnt about the republicans holding out to make Obama break down, its to have him thrown out of office. this is just one more tactic to force him out.

  • This period in history will be described as the start of the Great Re-ordering. I pray this may be accomplished without geopolitical military conflict, however I do not hold out any hope.

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  • NO WORK —–NO PAY !!!!!!!If I don’t go to work I get no pay!!!! tied of this crap RIP OFF the poor people They put baseball players in jail for lying ” why not the high up workers

  • buck

    I heard Rush LimBlow talking this morning. He kills me with the idea “Republicans” will restore some kind of sanity in government. Anyone with half a brain knows both of the major parties are just as guilty as the other yet people continue to cling to the two party duping. Rush was mentioning the “government shutdown” , the fact the “Republicans” want to prevent this. Who knows what the “Republicans” want to do? Blow some more LimBlow! Rush mentioned the $1.2 trillion budget and how the “Republicans” have proposed a whopping $61 billion cut. “Whopping”…Rush cannot possibly be this naive. “Whopping”…$61 billion is nothing when talking 1+ trillion $ budgets. This whole thing is ridiculous if not sad common people in this country will suffer the brunt of congressional stupidity driven by corporatocracy. Corporate welfare is far greater than individual welfare. And people just don’t get it I suppose. The sheeple continue to allow the shills to do as they please.

  • History merely repeats itself, and the world will never change.

  • I think Obama will get the blame if it closes now that Boehner has passed another CR

  • extremistme

    This is so sad