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Happy new fiscal year!  Not a phrase that rolls off the tongue nor should it typically be a thought at the forefront of our minds.  The new fiscal year—which began at midnight October 1—means that a new budget kicks in to effect and any new or revised government services are usually set in motion at this time.  For most of us this is a seemless transition except, of course, for the times when it’s not (such as now).

This is the 17th time since 1976 that a government shut down has occurred.  Congress cannot come to a consensus regarding the budget and until a compromise is reached the shut down will continue.  Many Americans won’t feel much of an impact from a short-term shutdown, but some significant changes in every day life are impacting others.  All national parks are closed—this includes the most popular tourist destinations in the country such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.  Many businesses surrounding these areas will be affected immediately.  Some government services and websites are offline also including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website, noaa.gov.

More than 800,000 “nonessential” government employees won’t be working with many others forced to have reductions in pay or furlough days.   The real “nonessential” personel in all of this appears to be Congress as this situation was entirely avoidable from the start.  House Republicans, unable to impliment their plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, have decided to exclude funding for the measure in the 2013-2014 budget.  This was a move that didn’t sit well with the Senate and it’s majority controlled by Democrats.  With neither side willing to budge a prolonged shutdown could be in the works.

Just in case you’re thinking about it, the IRS is still operational, the NSA is probably still listening to your ever word and Social Security checks (along with other benefits/programs) continue.

Ironically, the Republican efforts to stop “Obamacare” are futile as the next phase of the Affordable Care Act began today with Americans now able to register for their desired health plan.  Even if the Republicans are able to get their budget demands met, Obamacare is funded through a number of other laws and measures already passed by Congress and an even more drastic budget overhaul would have to occur to stop the measure from continuing.

 

Also on this Episode…

 

Miley Cyrus has turned into a delightful little slut right before our eyes.

 

If you thought the U.S. budget was a mess:  Spain’s 2014 budget calls for an estimated debt of near 100 percent of GDP (Gross Domestic Product).  In simpler terms, they’re broke.

 

A long-time, popular radio host comes out of his 37th retirement… and no I’m not talking about myself.

 

The WORST Song of the year 2013 (so far) is revealed.

 

Recipe for comedy:  Take 3 residents of Nashville Tennessee, place firmly in the ghetto, sprinkle in animosity, add 1 cup of urine, a roast, punch and throw until police arrive.

 

Ray Parker Jr., the creator of the “Ghostbusters” theme song, has apparently found someone he’s gonna call… a lawyer.  The song writer feels he has been jipped out of a significant portion of his royalties from the Sony/EMI.  This seems impossible as we all know the record companies to be very upstanding, respectable business people with an untarnished history.

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5 Responses to “Shut Down”

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  4. Gin Sullivan Says:
    July 19, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    “What does the fox say” is the worse song in history to me. A very odd song indeed. :)