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Government Shutdown? 36 Facts Which Prove That Almost Everything Is Still Running

The West Front of the U.S. CapitolAll of this whining and crying about a "government shutdown" is a total joke.  You see, there really is very little reason why this "government shutdown" cannot continue indefinitely because almost everything is still running.  63 percent of all federal workers are still working, and 85 percent of all government activities are still being funded during this "shutdown".  Yes, the Obama administration has been making a big show of taking down government websites and blocking off the World War II Memorial, but overall business in Washington D.C. is being conducted pretty much as usual.  It turns out that the definition of "essential personnel" has expanded so much over the years that almost everyone is considered "essential" at this point.  In fact, this shutdown is such a non-event that even referring to it as a "partial government shutdown" would really be overstating what is actually happening.  The following are 36 facts which prove that almost everything is still running during this government shutdown...

#1 According to U.S. Senator Rand Paul, 85 percent of all government activities are actually being funded during this "government shutdown".

#2 Approximately 1,350,000 "essential" federal employees will continue to work during this "government shutdown".

#3 Overall, 63 percent of the federal workforce will continue to work during this "government shutdown".

#4 The U.S. Postal Service will continue to deliver our mail.

#5 U.S. military personnel will remain on duty and will continue to get paid.

#6 Social Security recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#7 Medicare recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#8 Medicaid recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#9 Food stamp recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#10 Those on unemployment will continue to get their benefits.

#11 Federal retirees will continue to get their pensions.

#12 The federal school lunch program has enough money to go through at least the end of this month.

#13 Public schools all over the country will continue to stay open.

#14 Almost all federal law enforcement officials will continue working.

#15 The Federal Reserve will remain "completely functional".

#16 The Supreme Court will continue to operate normally and federal courts have enough money to keep going for at least two weeks.

#17 TSA employees will continue to molest travelers at our airports.

#18 Air traffic controllers will continue to monitor traffic at our airports.

#19 Hopelessly outmanned border patrol agents will continue to try to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

#20 Visas and passports will continue to be issued by the State Department.

#21 The Veterans Administration will continue to offer substandard medical services, and it will be able to continue processing benefit payments at least for now.

#22 The Obama administration apparently has plenty of money to spend on closing open-air memorials that are usually open to the public 24 hours a day.

#23 The Department of Defense announced the awarding of 94 new contracts worth a combined total of more than 5 billion dollars on September 30th - the day right before the "government shutdown".

#24 The "government shutdown" has not prevented the new two billion dollar NSA spy center from opening up.

#25 Federal prisons will continue to operate normally.

#26 Amtrak trains will continue to run.

#27 The Patent and Trademark Office will be open.

#28 The Consumer Product Safety Commission will continue to issue product recalls if the products "create an immediate threat to the safety of human life".

#29 The National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center will continue to track weather patterns.

#30 If the federal government needs to respond to a natural disaster, this "shutdown" will not affect that.

#31 NASA will continue to support the Mars Rover and the two American astronauts up on the International Space Station.

#32 All city employees of the D.C. government have been deemed "essential" and will continue to go to work.

#33 Even though the Obamacare exchanges are not working properly, people will still be able to access them.

#34 The IRS will continue to collect taxes, but it will be suspending punitive audits of conservative organizations.

#35 Barack Obama will continue to get paid for the full duration of this "shutdown".

#36 The U.S. Congress will continue to get paid for the full duration of this "shutdown".

Of course not everything is operating normally during this government shutdown.  Government parks are closed.  The EPA and the Department of Energy have almost totally closed up shop.  But overall, most Americans are not going to notice much of a difference.

And perhaps now is a good time for the American people to evaluate whether or not they actually need a gigantic federal government that wastes enormous mountains of our money.

For example, our federal government recently spent $98,670 to construct a single outhouse in Alaska.

That is more than a lot of Americans pay for their entire houses.

For many more examples like this, please see my previous article entitled "The Waste List: 66 Crazy Ways That The U.S. Government Is Wasting Your Hard-Earned Money".

It is about time that Washington D.C. started experiencing some of the "belt-tightening" that the rest of the country has been going through.  For far too long, the fatcats in D.C. have been living in an alternate reality where they have been able to live the high life at our expense.  A recent blog post by Daniel Greenfield discussed how this shutdown is going to affect the alternate reality that the Obamas have been living in...

The government shutdown has forced Obama to make do with only a quarter of his 1,701 person staff. That would leave 436 “vital” employees. The 90 people who look after his living quarters would be slashed to 15 to “provide minimum maintenance and support”.

Buckingham Palace, which is twelve times the size of the White House and has its own clockmaker, only has an 800 person staff. King Harald V of Norway and his court make do with 152 staffers. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden gets by with 203.

On Twitter, Michelle Obama announced that she is unable to Tweet on her own without the aid of all of her sixteen assistants; many of whom take home six figure salaries. There are more directors, associate directors and deputy associate directors on Michelle Obama’s staff than there were in George Washington’s entire administration.

Presidents have fought wars and made peace, explored and annexed vast territories and built a nation out of a handful of colonies with fewer senior staffers than are needed to handle Michelle Obama’s Twitter account.

Oh the humanity!  Will Michelle Obama ever tweet again?  And how will the White House continue to function without at least one projectionist on duty at the White House 24 hours a day?

No wonder Barack Obama is so upset about this shutdown.

In the end, this shutdown could turn out to be very good for America.  We have a government that is wildly out of control and that desperately needs to be reigned in.

During the Obama administration, federal debt held by the public has risen by 90 percent, and overall federal government spending has risen by a whopping 317 percent since 1990.

So is it really a bad thing that the federal government has been forced to cut back for a little while?

Our politicians can whine and cry all they want.  They won't be getting any sympathy from me.

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  • PhylBoyse

    when moochie can’t do her own tweets, then you know the sky is falling like Chicken Little said. Soooooo sad she is so incapable of doing her own tweets, but then everyone knew that to start with, when she said she needed 4 times the personnel staff than ANY other First Lady ever had – including “hilarious Clinton”, then you know something is really amiss.

  • J

    Military personnel might not be affected but Non Military personnel who work on military bases are. Some are working without being paid, and some were strait up laid off. I have a coworker who works with me part time, and his full time job is a Firefighter on the West Point base. Hes currently working without pay, and he says half the base is currently shut down. Its essentially a ghost town.

  • Jay Warren Clark

    A good “what if” essay. What if we actually experimented with putting teeth into some of these “what if’s?” If we did so, cutting the excess blubber in Washington would be a good place to start, eh? JWC

  • To Mas

    Uhh, federal reserve ain’t a govt agency, more of a govt slavemaster. I know FBI guys who have to work, but aren’t getting paid for their work until the “shutdown” is over.

    Ironically, that lying sack treasury secretary Lew is saying things that are blatantly unconstitutional. The only expenses that have to be paid are debt service. All the other crap isn’t compulsory, except for politicians who want to continue paying for their votes.

  • Sidewinder

    Why’d ;you mention the Federal Reserve as still being functional. The Federal Reserve is a private organization and not part of the U.S. Government.

  • garreth

    The fed isn’t part of the Government.

  • wolfspawn

    #17 shows that your article is the total joke.

    • Chris King

      TSA does something other than molest us?

  • Furloughed

    But…all those essential employees are not getting paid while they work. Instead they’ve been told their services are required…for free.

    • Chris King

      yes, they are.
      you liar scum.
      back pay AND UNEMPLOYMENT.

      stop it.

  • VB

    May not affect the main population but the military are hurting. Incentives for members deployed overseas including Afghanistan are stopped. Payment of enlistment entitlements are stopped. Tuition assistance for those protecting our nation are stopped but illegal immigrants can continue to receive unemployment and tuition assistance.

  • James Guilford

    Really? “… a lot of Americans” paid only $98,670 for their house? I need to move to THAT state!

  • Joe

    The U.S. Postal Service is not owned by the federal government anymore, and the Federal Reserve sure as hell isn’t owned by the government. Essential personnel may be working but they aren’t getting paid until the “shutdown” is resolved.

  • Mike Lashewitz

    Uh, Public schools are not federally operated. Yes some schools accepted the asinine Common Core program designed to render our children even dumber.

    I sure as hell will not hire a common core student that graduates into my firm where we mix chemicals because “close enough” is not good enough. I do not want the liability that Common Core will heap on all of America.

  • gator1989

    Am hearing all the usual phrases coming out of all of your comments so just bloody pipe it down already. YES PayPal transactions have been slowed down by the shutdown as I experienced this first hand and YES the hitting the ceiling will affect many people in 4 days if it happens. Tis not complete false information like this article so says. Miself am a college student and will absolutely flip out if loan interest rates increase again.

  • J

    ObamaCare…it’s a train that was always intended to come off the rails…to let masterminded, overlord democrats crash the system and impose their solution.

  • shelby moss

    Whoever wrote this is a joke- Numerous families were affected by the shutdown & if you didn’t take a moment to note them and keep them in your thoughts or prayers then shame on you

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