Does anyone else feel like we’re going through a bit of national deja-vu these days? Less than 20 years ago, a hard-right entrenched majority in the House of Representatives sent us careening off of the normalcy cliff into a government shutdown over what they said was a spending crisis.
Under Newt Gingrich, the government shutdown of 1995 and 1996 was a huge black eye for the GOP. The American people may not want their government taxing them to the hilt, but they are far more concerned about politicians hurting people’s actual lives by shutting down the most powerful and influential government perhaps in the history of the modern world over political histrionics. It would appear that today’s Republican-controlled House is about to put their foot down on the gas pedal themselves, as we are less than 24 hours from a government shutdown if a clean spending bill is not passed through John Boehner’s House.
In case you are one of the many Americans who’s unsure how the government shutdown will actually work, and how it will impact your life specifically, The New York Times has done you a solid and put together a video that explains it all in under two minutes.
- All discretionary spending stops October 1st, 2013
- 87% of Americans polled are “frustrated by the possibility of a shutdown”
- 16% surveyed said the shutdown is not an acceptable negotiating tool
- All post offices will remain open
- No national parks will be open
- No federal gun permits or loans will be issued
- All Social Security checks will still go out
- The government would still spend nearly $6 billion during the shutdown
Watch the entire video below: