What did the government shutdown affect?
Maybe if I were trying to get into a national park it would have affected me.
It depends on the park. Some left the gates open and were packed because no one was there to take money from tourists.
Retirees still got their Social Security.
I didn't work for the government, so I got paid today (plus, I make money on the side and controlling that is a way around it, too)
But the most shocking part about all of this, to me, is the fact that all the people who stopped the government from "working" were part of the government. Congress. The people we elected. They still got paid, but why?
Many of our lawmakers said they would be donating their pay during the shutdown to charity, but a better idea, one that doesn't include a tax write-off, is one made by Representative Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who is sending her pay received during the shutdown back to the Treasury.
So who else gets paid? The President, of course. Supreme Court Justices, non-furloughed government workers do get paid for hours worked, unless the shutdown continues until payday, but it's just a delay. Congressional staffers are they same; paid after the shutdown for hours worked.
Active duty military gets paid - a law just signed Monday September 30th.
It looks like Congress thought this one through. A little too well, if you ask me.
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