If the federal government actually does shut down for a couple of days or a couple of weeks, will we even notice? Almost certainly not if recent history is a guide.
Steve Gilbert over at Sweetness & Light pulls up an AP story from Feb. 2011 when the last “dreaded” shutdown was “threatening” day-to-day life as we know it. For some reason, (hummm…) the AP story Gilbert links to is broken right now, but since it’s an AP story, it was syndicated and you can get to the Washington Post’s version.
Social Security checks would still go out. Troops would remain at their posts. Furloughed federal workers probably would get paid, though not until later. And virtually every essential government agency, like the FBI, the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard, would remain open.
That’s the little-known truth about a government shutdown. The government doesn’t shut down.
Mail will be delivered. Banks remain open – even the Federal Reserve – and planes keep flying. What it comes down to is about one in four federal employees would get a paid vacation for the length of the shutdown, and the remainder would continue to go to work as normal. Certainly the paycheck itself would be delayed, but would you take a paid week off if they told you you would have to wait an extra week for your pay check? I would!
Gilbert sums up, and do go read his full post.
But bear in mind that the news media has been telling us for three years that Republicans are trying to fearmonger everyone about Obama-Care. Meanwhile, they have had no problem fearmongering about possible government shutdowns, ever since 1995.
You see, fearmongering over Obama-Care, which even top Democrats admit is a train wreck, is pure evil. But fearmongering over a government shutdown, that even if it happened (and it won’t) will amount to next to nothing, is responsible journalism.