According to USATODAY.com, if the government "shuts down," nearly 60% WON'T.
I strongly suspect that the remaining 40% - the other than "non-defense federal employees" (i.e., the DOD, etc.) - will also continue to work (even if there is a short furlough) via continuing resolution. I wouldn't be surprised that after the dust settles, any disruption is almost unnoticeable by the masses (except for the gloom and doom being peddled by the media).
As Sarah Palin pointed out: the most significant event which occurred during the last government shutdown was that Wild Bill hooked up with Monica. Let's see what new scandals will erupt this time around. I heard that Joe Biden was campaigning for immigration reform in Mexico - ostensibly ahead of his run for President in 2016.
Let us not forget that bi-partisanship prevailed with reaching across party lines byPresident Clinton and #3 in the chain of command Newt Gingrich which facilitated a 260B annual budget surplus for our national debt :D
They shut the government down under Bill. So much for bipartisan. The GOP is known for holding the country hostage when they don't get their way.
So, the last two times a government shutdown occurred, then as now, the Republicans had a majority in the 104th Congress, led by then speaker, Newt Gingrich. Government spending was the sticking point, and that shutdown cost Republicans the presidential election in 1996, essentially handing Bill Clinton a second term in office. Steve Kornacki:
The 1995 shutdown was a certifiable disaster for Gingrich and the GOP -- the moment they let Clinton, whose presidency had appeared over after the ’94 midterms, back into the game.
From the instant the shutdown began that November, the public sided overwhelmingly with the president, whose job approval ratings instantly recovered to levels not seen since the early days of his presidency. Long derided as slippery and spineless, Clinton portrayed his veto as an act of principle and responsible leadership, while the Republicans were made to look like immature ideological zealots. Virtually overnight, Clinton took the lead in 1996 trial heats against Dole, which he never surrendered.
Guess what? The '95 shutdown may have been "certifiable," but as I recall it led to a balanced budget and budget surpluses "as far as the eye could see." There was also more conciliation and cooperation between the political parties in the aftermath. We should hope that THIS government shutdown - if it happens - turns out the same way.
GOVERNMENT SPENDING is the problem which is at the root of this country's fiscal woes. Not failing to tax the rich; not failing to tax big business more; not government shutdowns. We need to come to grips with SPENDING. The Democrats refuse to do so - and pile on additional spending through bad legislation like ObamaCare.
For that reason alone, I hope the Republicans STAY THE COURSE.
Senator tells GOP stay away fro the camera's and legislate.
PN, the Federal governments main objective in life is to protect our rights ie voting and civil rights acts. Do you read the Constitution and the Federalist papers, the Feds are supposed to be limited in there size and scope. The states and the people are supposed to have unlimited power. And if the states and people muck up here come the Feds. Who is there to protect us from the Feds?