Why a Government Shutdown Means Nothing to Normal People

The government might shut down in a few weeks. Oh no. Won’t someone please think of the children.

They’re a bunch of dumb claims going around, like these:

There won’t be any mail, so no Netflix delivery!
Wrong. The Postal Service is owned by the federal government but is, by some majority, self-funded. The Postal Service will continue delivery.

No unemployment benefits, Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid
Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid are all short-term funded. Only in the event of a lengthy months-long shutdown would these services be cut off. And unemployment benefits are handled by State governments, not the Feds.

No pay for the military
That is true, that members of the military will not be paid. However, they will get their checks once the government re-opens, so they won’t be losing any money.

All national parks and museums close
While the national parks will close, the zoos will keep feeding the animals. Nothing will die. Unless you were planning a trip to the Smithsonian this weekend, it’ll be fine.

FAA shutdown means no flights!
That’s wrong, too. The FAA is considered a matter of national security and will not be shutdown. However, the planes might run on time for once if it did.

Cops and fire departments will close!
No, they won’t. Those are local matters completely unaffected by the federal shutdown.

Truth be told, I’m not sure I understand what the problem is. A shutdown might do us some good as we all realize how little we actually get from the government to begin with.

Here’s my source, for those of you doubting me: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20051318-503544.html

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