Government Shutdown Continues

As you are probably aware by now, the US Government
has been partially shut down. Again. As I’m recording this, we’re on the 14th day
of the shutdown – 2 more days to go to meet the one in 2013, and there’s no real expectation
of it ending. In fact, the Senate has adjourned until Tuesday,
which will be day 18. So, What happened? The President refused to sign a bill to fund
the government, demanding more money specifically for his wall. And, probably unsurprisingly, this isn’t
something supported by Democrats or even all Republicans in the Senate and House. In fact, such funding wasn’t able to be passed
while Republicans remained in control of the House as well as the Senate. We’ve apparently decided as a nation that
paying or not paying our bills can be used as a bargaining chip. This has resulted in government agencies being
shut down. They will remain so until either Congress gives
in to the demand of 5 billion dollars in the year for a wall, or Trump signs a bill without
it despite having dug his heels in. This is what we’ve come to – stopping things
from functioning normally when things don’t go a certain way; refusing to even fund the
government without changing policies in the very same bill. So, all that said, what does the government
shutting down entail? To some degree, it depends on how long it
stays shut down. Many things that no longer run aren’t widely
used during the holidays, especially by people who are neither on public benefits nor working
for the government in some capacity. Let’s see what the Whitehouse has to say about
what it means. Huh, that’s awkward and annoying. This administration only provides any information
on it via press briefings. But he’s never really considered the press
to be trustworthy, so I have my doubts about useful and concise these answers there. This happened while the last President was
in office, too, though. Fortunately, that administration had far more
nicely formatted answers, and what’s impacted doesn’t change all that much. So let’s look at that, as well as other sources. First, it means that programs that feed people
– including WIC, SNAP, and the school lunch programs – could potentially run out of
money. This is not the case right away, but rather
if it goes on for a little bit. All it means immediately is that new applications
aren’t going to be processed by federal employees, as most of those are furloughed. Oh, right, I hadn’t mentioned that. So, when the government shuts down, all the
federal government employees quit getting paid. Some of them, the ones who are considered
essential, have to keep working but don’t get paid until after. This back pay, by the way, won’t solve any
problems that come from the lack of payment in the meantime, nor are they likely to cover
additional costs (late fees, shutoff/turn on fees, etc.) associated with missed paychecks
(and payments). At the same time, these people are employed
and unlikely to qualify for their state’s unemployment insurance. Any that are not considered essential or exempt
due to a different payment source are furloughed and not even allowed to volunteer their
time. On the bright side, these workers may
actually be able to file for unemployment in their state. They’re *only* likely to be without income for 2-3 weeks if this drags on. That said, they’re still considered government
employees with additional restrictions on where (or if) they can take additional jobs. They also may or may not receive their regular
pay when the shutdown is over, and if they do would likely have to repay certain benefits. So, to go back to the list of things impacted. So far we have the possibility of programs
stopping due to running out of existing allocated funds, most federal employees without pay,
and many of those having to work for no pay. In addition, these federal workers with no
income now cannot apply for federally-managed assistance programs. They won’t have even our limited and often
hole-filled safety net helping them out, except for possibly their state unemployment insurance. National parks and monuments are closed, unattended,
or both at once. This leaves volunteers, if anyone, trying
to handle things such as removing the trash and maintaining restrooms. It also impacts loans. This, probably obviously by now, includes
federal loans such as those given to small businesses and rural areas. But it also includes loans from banks, such
as mortgages and student loans, since tax transcripts can’t be obtained, either (except for
disaster relief specifically). Various other agencies, such as the Environmental
Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, and
many more will only be able to do part of their normal job. Plus, none of this even gets into the US credit
score or appearance on the world stage, both of which impact us more than many care to
acknowledge. As for me, personally? Well…it truly depends how long it goes on. I currently manage with disability, though
fortunately two other people in the house have basically minimum wage part-time jobs. All combined, we were caught up and about
to get ahead before winter hit. Since, we’ve been managing, but just. Plus my cat – the wonderful now old lady who
pulled a knife from my hand years ago – has kidney problems and diabetes. We got to find that out right after Christmas. So we’re stretched a bit thin again. But what does that have to do with the shutdown? Well, the shutdown means that, in February,
we can expect to be even thinner. On top of the fact that the USDA is only saying
they’ll be able to pay through January, paperwork is halted. So my review, which got put back in JUST before
the shutdown, won’t be handled. My case is out the window for this month. The case hubby and wife have was also supposed
to be renewed this month. Without that renewal processed, it automatically
ceases in February, even if the agency had the funds. Fortunately, my disability case itself isn’t
likely to be impacted. The Social Security Administration doesn’t
shut down or stop paying and I wasn’t in the middle or about to start a review process
(to my knowledge) when this occurred. But we can still expect the household, in
general, to be much tighter until a while after things are back to business as usual. If, by some chance, you want to help out,
I’ll include wishlists and my brother’s paypal in the description. He’s short of hours and also at least as determined
as I am not to give up on the kitty as long as she’s still fighting. The money would first go to the family cat’s
care and needs, freeing up other funds to take care of other household or personal things. The Wishlists would just allow people to gift
things to help with the animals’ care, household items, or making my recording/production easier
so perhaps I can get more out this year. Maybe, eventually, I’ll even be able to look
at not being dependant on disability. Oh, and it really doesn’t matter who you blame
for it. Obviously, I have my opinion. I mean, every part involved was controlled
by one side when it was shut down and one person’s decisions are currently dictating
far more than they should be, but even if things were completely reversed this
still holds true. Funding the government should NOT be a political
bargaining tool to get your way. Deal with those fights elsewhere, or break
the damned thing up so it’s a ton of smaller bills, one for each department, so ONLY the
part in dispute is impacted. Thanks for hearing me out! As always, civil discussion, suggestions,
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  1. Heeey, USA, want to be a new government? Make me the Cat Empress of America,and I will… err… Do things as good as possible. I don't know how well.

    A good video for an outsider like me, showing the basics and making me seeing the situation as it is.

  2. The wishlists and such if anyone wants to help us:

    Main wishlist:

    Household items:

    The wishlist for Mal (my kitty):

    My Bro's paypal (for gifts/cat help):

  3. The explanation is Trump is a cry baby douchebag who can’t get his little wall so he threw a temper tantrum. The democrats will cave because they are wusses. Then the $5 billion will be gone with no wall. Because $5 billion ain’t going to cover it. The only people getting fucked because of Trump are the federal government workers.

  4. I am unemployed myself, but luckily i live in germany and get money from social security and have free health care. So i sent you a few bucks to help save your kitty from the cruel Trumpster.

  5. Do we see ANY protests during a sustained federal shutdown? Nope! Both parties can continue to crap on the people and the people dont do anything. Im surrounded by idiots!

  6. I started a fundraiser and didn't get any donations at all. This was disgraceful in every way. Our President should resign in shame

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