As you know we are into day one of the government shutdown...

CNN has a list of ten things that could affect YOU: 


1.  No national parks.  You can't go to Yosemite, Yellowstone, or the
Statue of Liberty on vacation if you wanted to.  Or any other national
park, national zoo, or national museum.  They'll all be closed . . . all
368 sites run by the National Park Service. 


2.  If you're a federal employee, you're on unpaid leave.  But in the
two shutdowns we had in the '90s, they DID pay all the employees
retroactively when the shutdown ended. 


3.  Military employees WILL get paid.  Congress put in a special exemption for them during all this nonsense. 


4.  You would STILL pay taxes.  What else did you expect? 


5.  You would still get your mail.  Neither snow, nor rain, nor government shutdowns can stop the Postal Service. 


6.  Obamacare would STILL get funded.  Its funds don't depend on the
congressional budget process.  So the Republican effort to stop
Obamacare will actually KEEP IT GOING. 


7.  You won't be able to get a gun permit.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms would be closed. 


8.  No federal loans.  No small business loans and no home loans.  And
veterans' benefits wouldn't be paid either.  But Social Security
payments would be expected to continue. 


9.  For Washington, D.C., there would be no city services.  Including
trash collection.  The city budget has to be approved by Congress. 


10.  American pride would suffer.  Or maybe not, who knows.  Most of us have plenty to spare.  But it never looks good for the most powerful
country on Earth to be floundering around with no leadership and no cash flow.





*What thoughts do YOU have on the shutdown?  How do you feel about it?