It’s hard not to think about one of the most famous lines from the 1994 movie, “Dumb and Dumber,” when talking about the government shutdown.
“Just when I think you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!”
If you’re not familiar with the movie the line is delivered by Jeff Daniels‘ character to Jim Carrey. In the scene, it came following Carrey’s character trading in their fully functional, but out of gas, van for a dirt bike.
Which brings us to the REAL life version of “Dumb and Dumber!” The US House of Representatives and the US Senate.
After the Government shutdown went into effect Tuesday morning, nearly 800,000 federal workers were furloughed – a “temporary” unpaid mandatory leave for employees. USA Today is reporting that this furlough will affect 41% of federal employees.
Wisely, the two parties put aside their cantankerous, ineptitude and bickering long enough to make sure that active military members of the United States were still going to get a paycheck during the Government shutdown. Just goes to show you that, yes, even a broken clock can be right twice a day
As we climb into the second full day of the shutdown, Americans are left scratching their heads in terms of how this shutdown is going to affect the already feeble American economy.
Some government employees, who have been furloughed, are perplexed over the lack of information being provided to them by their superiors.
“Meanwhile, hundreds of workers at the Federal Aviation Administration were told to start shutting down their offices late Monday. But workers were not given specific instructions, like whether they could apply for unemployment insurance, said researcher Karen Buondonno, who is with the local National Federation of Federal Employees union.”
“’We had extremely minimal information when we left,’ said Buondonno, who has been furloughed three times in two years. ‘ The (furlough) stress is causing a lot of anxiety. We’re not air traffic controllers, but we do affect the future of aviation and it’s really hard to get our job done.”
There’s a famous saying that when you point your finger, there are always three pointing back at you. Both parties need to remember that. There will be a price to pay for angering the american public. But these days asking Congressional and Senators to work their minds during while there’s a shutdown might be asking too much. None of them seem too concerned about Americans who continue to struggle just to put food on the table while the two parties fiddle around in the nation’s capitol and play politics with their constituent’s lives..
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