So, even though everyone talked about a government shutdown weeks ago that never materialized, this next one is REALLY going to happen.
Seriously. Cross our black hearts and hope to expire.
So what happens if our government comes screeching halt? According to this story, not too much. Let's take a look at this quote from the linked story to see how godawful things are going to be:
National-security and public-safety operations continue. So do benefit payments, medical care, tax collection, border protection, prison patrol, crime investigation, and air traffic control. The Postal Service and the Federal Reserve will both be open for business because they generate their own revenues.
Well, since we've taken care of that, there's only one thing left to do: ensure that your opponents take the blame for the government shutdown.
In 1995, the government shutdown for 21 days, no one was really affected that badly. However, for President Bill Clinton, it turned into a political windfall for him.
Naturally, if we're going to have a shutdown anywhere, everyone wants the other guy to take the blame and then claim the spoils. But who will it be? Can Barack Obama really claim that it's the evil Republicans who proposed an untenable budget that no true American could accept? Or can Republicans point the finger at evil Democrats and note that the liebruls failed to accept the will of the people and compromise to massive budget cuts?
In the end, it doesn't matter. You'll still get your mail delivered, the Federal Reserve remains open and when it comes down to it, the worst case scenario is that you'll have to wait three weeks before you can go to a museum.
Pass the popcorn.