Thank you fiscal conservatives so concerned, you say, about the deficit and debt and spending.
Well, closing down government for the first time in 17 years is estimated to cost around $300 million, according to MSNBC.
That adds up to $2.1 BILLION if the shutdown continues for a week.
“A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.”*
Now we are talking about billions and billions.
This is happening to an already weakened economy with persistent unemployment and chronic underemployment.
And that is just an economic ramification of this cessation of federal functioning.
If the Newt Gingrich temper tantrum/shutdown can be used as a precedent, the furloughed workers will eventually receive their salaries now placed in suspension.
There is a cadre of politicians within an already increasingly conservative Republican party who don’t understand the value of government and feel that stopping it, even for a short amount of time, is a victory.
How can our country function if such people can override the majority, both in Congress and the citizenry?
The issue is clearly not fiscal constraint.
Now that almost 800,000 federal workers have been temporarily furloughed, the salient question remains.
How could members of both Houses escape from being deemed as non-essential?
Watch President Obama explain that Obamacare reduces healthcare spending:
*Attributed to the late Republican Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen who, urban legend has it, made this quip with Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show.