Causing public and private pain
The direct and indirect impact of the ‘alleged partial’ federal government shutdown is staggering and devastating. I have been collecting stories and data. There is a chance that by the time you read this, the federal government will reopen for business. Please keep in mind that the pain caused by this exercise in political strategy should not be excused or forgotten.
Okay, let’s start with some of the impact on the neediest. It’s a value of Judeo-Christian and Muslim and Buddhist and Hindu and all faiths, I believe. The present U.S. population is approximately 316.2 million people. About 101 million people in our country receive some kind food assistance from the federal government. This includes Women, Infants, Children (WIC) 9 million, low-cost or no-cost free lunch program 32 million children, and the food stamp program at approximately 47 million people and direct food through what is known as the “cheese program.” Some percentage of these families are no longer receiving any food. It’s hard to tell how many. All the government websites that might have such data are shut down. Many working families rely on some of these programs before some of you begin stereotyping the poor.
Head Start, a program close to my heart, is not able to operate in some parts of the country although a philanthropist recently donated up to $10 million to keep the programs open. It is estimated that some 86,000 children will be shut out of their Head Start programs November 1 if this government chaos is not resolved!
My brother, a federal employee, has been furloughed along with 800,000 federal employees. Some 2 million federal workers may have been delayed their salaries.
The Center for Disease Control is halting the flu program. Don’t try to be healthy and prevent disease in your family.
Some veterans benefits have been curtailed and if you lose a loved one in one of our wars, you may not be able to afford to bury her or him.
The National Institute of Health has all but stopped along with putting to death some 300,000 lab mice involved in researching cures for diabetes, cancer, alzheimer’s and other diseases.
This represents only a small percentage of the public pain being inflicted on us by politics and the federal government. Most of our national parks are closed. Small business loans and mortgages are often not being processed if information is necessary from the government such as the IRS. Some safety operations of the Food and Drug Administration have stopped so be careful what you eat.
Please don’t try to call a federal agency. There is no one there to answer. A message comes on saying that due to the federal government shutdown, we are not here to take your calls.
You have heard about raising the government’s debt ceiling which might be the incentive to resolve the government shut down since this is something that impacts the markets and the rich.
On October 17, America will have $30 billion left in the bank. This is not enough to pay our bills so we need to borrow more money. Imagine, you are unable to pay your bills and you call up credit card companies requesting more money. It’s the same idea.
Of course, throughout all of this, Congress has continued to receive their salaries and live their comfortable lives. There is not much we can do short of overthrowing the government as Thomas Jefferson said is our responsibility or…
The Citizens of the United States versus the Federal Government, a class action lawsuit demanding a tax rebate for the pain inflicted on all of us or…
Agitate the rich and powerful! Vote them out of office.