As of the writing of this post, the government is shut down. What does that mean for you, and how will that affect the roll out of ObamaCare? Those are the questions most Americans want to know at this time. The answers are easier than one might expect. The first thing to understand is that the government is shut down because of ObamaCare. This awful bill that has been repeatedly rejected by Americans, lost in the courts, and been delayed, is the primary cause of the shutdown. The Democrats in Congress refused to compromise on funding or delaying ObamaCare, while repeatedly rejecting the Republican led House proposals for funding the government. So the government is shut down.
This means all “non-essential” personnel will be sent home to await the government restart. Essential personnel, generally those tied to national defense and security and public safety. So the majority of our military will in fact continue to work. While President Obama and the Democrats tried to scare the American public with talks of economic crisis if the government shuts down, the reality is that in the past when the government has shut down, the economy boomed. As they try to scare seniors and those living on social security or dependent on medicare and medicaid, those service will in fact continue. Unfortunately, this also means Congress will continue to be paid.
Here’s the breakdown of how the government will furlough non-essential workers:
- 87 percent of Commerce’s 46,420 workers
- 80 percent of Treasury’s 112,461 workers
- 50 percent of Defense’s 800,000 workers
- 15 percent of Justice’s 114,486 workers
Also unfortunately for us all, ObamaCare will still be rolled out. Starting today the exchanges open and people can now enroll. It will be a messy, glitch filled period of uncertainty for sure.
The government is bloated and has grown too large. When the government is the largest employer of citizens in the country it is time to trim the fat and reduce the size of the government. Shutting the government down is an opportunity to return to the Founder’s vision for our federal government, one that is limited. This is also a chance to let those in Congress that continue to ignore the voice of the American people that we have no interest in tax payer subsidized abortion. ObamaCare is the largest expansion of abortion in this country since the 1973 Roe decision and it continues to be opposed by a majority of Americans because we are pro-life. Will this shut down be difficult, yes. Is there a chance for opportunity, absolutely.
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.