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