Money for Nothing…

Okay, so normally I wouldn’t do a post that has anything to do with politics but tonightI felt this needed writing. As you all are probably aware the United States government has shutdown. Why did this happen? I have no clue just that apparently the powers that be in DC couldn’t agree on things. When we were little my parents and/or teachers made us sit down and work things out. Just an idea guys and gals up in DC.

So here is how the shutdown will effect us- the average everyday citizen.I hope by sharing the information I have culled from government websites and such I can maybe answer some q questions you all might have. No,I’m not an expert but just an average person like you all.

First , yes you will still get your mail.Mail deliveries would continue as usual because the US Mail Service receives no tax dollars for day-to-day operations. It relies on income from stamps and other postal fees to keep running. So that letter to Aunt Sue will still reach her and we’ll still get our bills and junk mail.

Second folks who receive benefit payments like Social Security and Medicare benefits would keep coming, but there could be delays in processing new disability applications. Unemployment benefits would still go out.

If you were planning to go visit say Alcatraz Island over fall break-not gonna be happening. All national parks would be closed, as would the Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo in Washington. Visitors using overnight campgrounds or other park facilities would be given 48 hours to make alternate arrangements and leave the park. Among the visitor centers that would be closed: the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York, Independence Hall in Philadelphia and Alcatraz Island near San Francisco.

Food Programs will be impacted in various ways. It depends on what agency or program you’re talking about.
The Food and Drug Administration would handle high-risk recalls but would suspend most routine safety inspections. Federal meat inspections would be expected to proceed as usual. The agency  would have to cease many inspections, enforcement actions and monitoring operations, also suspending the “majority” of its internal lab research. They would also lose about 45% of their staff or around 6600 people.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, could shut down. The program provides supplemental food, health care referrals and nutrition education for pregnant women, mothers and their children. Trust me when I say that WIC is a blessing especially for single parents or families who fall in the gap/ School lunches and breakfasts would continue to be served, and food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, would continue to be distributed. But several smaller feeding programs would not have the money to operate.

Federal air traffic controllers would remain on the job and airport screeners would keep funneling passengers through security checkpoints. Federal inspectors would continue enforcing safety rules.The State Department would continue processing foreign applications for visas and U.S. applications for passports, since fees are collected to finance those services. Embassies and consulates overseas would continue to provide services to American citizens.

Now for the not so great news.  Will the president get paid during a shutdown?Yes. His salary — $400,000 — is considered mandatory spending. It won’t be affected.What about House and Senate members? They’ll keep drawing checks, too. The 27th Amendment prevents any Congress from changing its own pay. Great so when the bigwigs in DC mess up they still get paid but when we mess up we get fired!

Hopefully, this will be fixed super fast and everything will be back to semi-normal soon.

Until next time…

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