It's official. The unthinkable has happened. On October 1, 2013, the federal government has furloughed a large portion of their employees for the first time in 18 years, just six months after many workers were furloughed under the sequestration. Americans are calling their credit card companies, letting go of their babysitters, calling mortgage brokers, and looking for part time employment as the Federal Government has officially come to a partial shut down.
Even the Official Whitehouse Page appears to be furloughed, as a message warns you that the site may not be up to date due to Congress's failure to pass funding legislation. And the number of people affected is so great, that the USA.Gov website gives readers a 1-800 number to call.
In what should have been a smooth process of honoring constituents and voting the way of your state's public opinion, as did the Senate, some of the House of Representative members choices have resembled that of a kindergartener, right down to the reading of 'Green Eggs and Ham'. What should be noted, is that this federal government shutdown affects more people in a greater area, than Americans are realizing.
Not just DC residents are affected, but national parks and agencies around the country have been shut down, totaling about 800,000 workers directly affected, and an even larger number when you account for their families that will undoubtedly be affected as well. The Department Of Education has laid off a reported 94% of their workforce, and NASA a harrowing 97%, while some federally funded agencies are able to sustain a couple of weeks before they start sending workers home.
While some of this nation's citizens. are following the footsteps of their congressperson and blaming President Obama, in the days leading up to the possible furlough, President Obama warned the nation in a televised press conference that the shutdown did not have to occur, "It does not have to happen. All of this is entirely preventable if the House chooses to do what the Senate has already done". President went on to infer that the people who are fighting ObamaCare in Congress are really trying to change the outcome of the last presidential election.
This seems not to just be a democratic party way of thought, as Republican Senate leaders, also seemed fed up with the House's antics. Senator John McCain is one of those who publicly expressed this sentiment, “I campaigned in 2012 all over this country for months: ‘Repeal and replace Obamacare.’ That was not the mandate of the voters.If they wanted to repeal Obamacare, the 2012 election would have been probably significantly different.”
The idea for most, is that this furlough will be halted within the upcoming days. On record, the longest shutdown was for 21 days, when the president Bill Clinton and a Republican congress fought over, what else but Medicare.