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Oct 01 2013

Geek Think: Government Shutdown

123rd-anniversary-of-yosemite-national-park-6124274398003200-hpLet me start with this, I don’t claim to know everything about this Government Shutdown that is hitting the US today. In fact, I don’t claim to know more than the smallest portion of what’s going on. I don’t get a lot of actual news. I’m also not here to tell you who is to blame for this mess, I’ll leave that to you to decide. So here’s my thoughts…

First off, the news, why is it so hard to get a straight answer as to what’s going on? I’ve read several articles from various places and been listening to the radio a lot over the last couple of days trying to get an idea of why the government was set to shut down and what that means. Still, I have next to no idea. I don’t think anyone does, and that’s why everyone’s freaking out.

What I have learned is that “non-essential” government employees will go on furlough. If not starting today then soon. That means these people are going to be out of work without pay until the government gets their crap together. That sucks. Just when things were finally starting to look a little bit better around here. People were finding jobs, etc. The government shuts down and furloughs 800,000 people. Oops, the economy’s not really better.

Since I’m luckily not a government employee I’ll keep doing what I’m doing. So I wasn’t planning to even comment on the situation that came to a head last night. Then I saw Google’s Doodle for the day. It’s Yosemite National Park’s 123rd birthday, and guess what? It’s going to shut down. All the people who run the national parks: park rangers, tour guides, security, safety personnel, even the little old ladies in the gift shops, those are “Non-essential” government employees and they are off the job. Will that stop today being Yosemite’s birthday, no, but will it make some group of people feel bad when they can’t visit and have cake? Yes, we’re always sad when there’s no cake.

If you’re one of the people who is being furloughed, or if you have more knowledge to spread on this situation I’d like to hear from you in the comments section. Let’s hear what you know and what you’re opinions and prospects are at this time.

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