UPDATE: No shutdown, check out this blog post for more.
The original post is below.
Seriously, the shutdown won’t be a big deal. The government shuts down all the time for federal holidays. No one dies on Labor day because the government is shut down. Yes, a federal holiday is different than an actual, budgetary shutdown, but not by much.
Social Security checks would still go out. Troops would remain at their posts. Furloughed federal workers probably would get paid, though not until later. And virtually every essential government agency, like the FBI, the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard, would remain open.That’s the little-known truth about a government shutdown. The government doesn’t shut down.
That’s right. The essential government functions will continue like normal, because it would make no sense to stop fighting a war in Afghanistan just because Congress hasn’t passed a budget.
Fewer than half of the 2.1 million federal workers subject to a shutdown would be forced off the job if the Obama administration followed the path taken by presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. And that’s not counting 600,000 Postal Service employees or 1.6 million uniformed military personnel exempt from a shutdown.
So we’re talking fewer than one in four federal workers staying at home.