Government Shuts Down

The clock struck 12, and the “United” States were no longer united.

The government’s fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sep. 30, and by the beginning of the new fiscal year, they are to provide a funding plan for the upcoming year.

After weeks of playing the blame game, both sides fighting to support their policies were unwilling to compromise. Due to this disagreement on a bill to fund for government between lawmakers in the House as well as the Senate, the government “shut down.”

The first question that comes to mind is, “What exactly is a shutdown?”

No, it does not mean we are now anarchists; it means that federal jobs, or jobs funded by the government, are no longer being compensated. The government officials were unable to agree on a new finance plan, which ultimately means the government has no money to spend. So called “essential” jobs will stay, but those considered non-essential will be furloughed. This means that workers at national parks, as well as the Bureaus of Alcohol, Tobacco, as well as Firearms and Explosives will temporarily be closed. Also, those who are seeking to loan federal money will have to kill time until the shut-down ends. Other than that, taxes are still to be paid, and the essential federal services will continue.

On a larger scale, shut-downs cost the government money. The last shutdown, in 1995, ended up costing the country around 1.4 billion dollars. This is because in order to recover from a shut-down, the government must reorganize and reopen, which is expensive. This cost could reflect on our financial system and exasperate our already mediocre economy. The scale of how much impact this will have on our economy will also reflect on how long the government stays closed.

But why did they shut down in the first place?

The issues between Democrats and Republicans revolved around the topic of Obamacare, our president’s health care plan. Obamacare is a plan to enforce a requirement of all Americans to have healthcare. Democrats believe the plan will allow everybody to obtain affordable healthcare, but the Republicans object, saying that the plan has too many myths and will hurt businesses. The incongruity over Obamacare is the reason that no funding bill was provided.

For now, the United States has a closed government. The last shut-down lasted 21 days, and really hurt the economy. As Americans, we can only hold this stand-still quickly ends.