The government shut down looms in the near future, although the essential sectors such as security will be spared, there are many that will not be as listed here. Due to the inability of our elected leaders to work together as a team instead of as opponents on the political battlefield, many sectors of the government will be greatly affected by the shut down. But what does this mean? It means that employees will not be paid, visas will not be put on hold, immigration status checks will for employees will not occur and small-scale general pandemonium just might occur. According to the Washington Post article , this will cause 800,000 federal workers to have their paychecks in jeopardy. The White House Weekly Address had this to say;
” If Congress doesn’t pass a budget by Monday – the end of the fiscal year – the government shuts down, along with many vital services the American people depend on. On Friday, the Senate passed a bill to keep the government open. But Republicans in the House have been more concerned with appeasing an extreme faction of their party than working to pass a budget that creates new jobs or strengthens the middle class. And in the next couple days, these Republicans will have to decide whether to join the Senate and keep the government open, or create a crisis that will hurt people for the sole purpose of advancing their ideological agenda.”
One of the things that throws me off about this press release is that although he acknowledges the issue and does address it, there are still fingers being pointed and no solutions presented. I would expect a more mature perspective from such an illustrious office as well as more information given. This release is 1105 words long, and half of it is dedicated to the Affordable Act care; the Washington Post article comparatively is 3,000+ words long. It baffles me that in the face of such a serious situation, that this is the ‘reassurance’ that we receive.