The 2018 Government Shutdown can cause some real headaches to the entire USA and abroad. Think about it, you have saved your hard-earned money and decided to take that vacation you always wanted to take; perhaps you always dreamt of taking a selfie with the Statue of Liberty or other national monuments, or perhaps your trip involved a visit to the Smithsonian or the National Zoo – well, since the 2018 shutdown started many touristy places might be closed until further notice.
Tourists from all over the world may encounter airport delays due to less staff working the airports. What is supposed to be an amazing experience, has now become a political game and an economic threat to the tourism industry as a whole. Think of the national and international revenues that are normally associated with visiting these tourist spots, hopefully they will be spent elsewhere instead of just returning home in their owners’ pockets.
According to a tweet by The Smithsonian, they will try to remain open for as long as possible because they are able to use funds from the previous year – which also means using funds they had budgeted for other resources:
@smithsonian: The Smithsonian, including its museums, research centers & the National Zoo, will be OPEN Monday, Jan. 22. The Smithsonian can use prior year funds still available to us to do so. We will update our status beyond Monday as soon as we know. #governmentshutdown
The Statue of Liberty and the Lincoln Memorial welcomed visitors with “CLOSED” signs. The Post Office says it will continue to work regardless, which means your bills are on their way and many federal employees are currently forced to report to work without getting paid, while many others are being told to stay home without paychecks.
Federal employees told to stay home can apply for unemployment benefits, which can take up to two weeks prior to finally releasing any benefits. The snowball effect is that those people who are not getting a paycheck, will probably think twice before spending any money elsewhere.
If the shutdown continues for a week or more, the economic impact will be felt by many. Wouldn’t it be nice if the members of the government, who work for us, were forced to work without getting paid, or without receiving all of the perks they get because we – the people – gave them a job? Just remember many of those employees in government – the ones we hired via elections who created this whole mess – are up for reelection this year – so perhaps they should be fired.
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