I've been checking out Fox News more lately. They had a Fox Business link to the top 10 states for uninsured people, and surprisingly in most captions for each state, they admitted a heck of a lot of people need health insurance (though I am sure they would say Obamacare is the wrong way to go about it)
I caught the first part of the Rachel Madoew show the other night when she was blathering about the one or two conversative media outlets calling it a "slimdown" when everyone else was calling it a shutdown. So, of course I started looking at what open and closed. It appeared to me that a lot of small areas were affected severely but the core areas that affected the government was still working with some slight curtailment if any. Military, postal, transportation,health, police, social security, spying, and others were continuing . Things suspended were areas like food banks , daycares, and the one mostly reported, parks. But, one could say these are more of an inconvenience. Of course, these may affect some part of the populace more than others
But when one says "shutdown", to me and to most people in most circumstances it means, nothing works. You tell someone to shutdown his computer, does he keep email being downloaded and hard drive going? No. Same with a car. Shut down a car, and nothing works but the door locks. So in my definition of "shut down" it's not a shut down but that's not a matter. It's still a major problem
There are 10 kinds of people. Those that understand binary and those that don't.
Things suspended were areas like food banks , daycares, and the one mostly reported, parks. But, one could say these are more of an inconvenience. Of course, these may affect some part of the populace more than others
A slight inconvenience? Go without food for a few weeks, see if that's what you would call it. Trying to find someone you can trust to watch your children while you're out earning is more than a slight inconvenience too.
Loc: Alexandria, VA
The Postal Service a quasi-government agency and doesn't rely on funds from the US Government -- it operates regardless of government shutdown, like any other private company.
I get what you're saying about it not being a *complete* shutdown -- which is why many news outlets are correctly calling it a "partial shutdown" -- but calling it a "slim down" trivializes that while many suspended government functions are mere inconveniences, others are going to make life much, much more difficult for a great number of people.
And of course labeling the suspension of such programs as WIC, daycare and food banks as mere inconveniences is part of the cognizant disconnect that is a big part of the problem with this whole thing.
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