It's really not even much of a slowdown. 83% of the govt is still fully funded, with 17% under the administrations cuts. Most of the sectors cut are at obama's discretion. He can cut the parts of govt he deems not as essential, & he has shown what his priorities are by cutting things like the national parks, but providing full funding for pbs, govt cafeterias, & health clubs. He shuts down the ww2 memorial, which takes more personnel to close than it did to keep it open, but keeps the very expensive golf course open so he can play.
"Based on estimates drawn from CBO and OMB data, 83 percent of government operations will continue. This figure assumes that the government pays amounts due on appropriations obligated before the shutdown ($512 billion), spends $225 billion on exempted military and civilian personnel, pays entitlement benefits for those found eligible before the shutdown (about $2 trillion), and pays interest costs when due ($237 billion). This is about 83 percent of projected 2014 spending of $3.6 trillion."source
So we have with this 'crisis', a 17% reduction in spending by the feds. Let's see what the people have had over the last few years.
The real median household income for US the peaked in 2007 and is now $4,818 (8.57%) lower. source
American citizens have had to adjust their budgets to adapt to the reduced income from a recession.
But what about the govt?
They went from spending ~ $2.7T in 2007 to ~ $3.8T in 2013. This was about a 41% INCREASE in spending, while the taxpayers are cutting costs & living within their means. Even with the govt 'shutdown', the govt is currently spending more than they did in 2007, while most of us are forced to spend a lot less.
So all the hype about the 'govt shutdown' is just propaganda. They are spending a LOT more than they did in 2007, even with the recession. All this has done is add trillions to the deficit, & bring us closer to a currency collapse, as the dollar gets weaker.
But let's also check the govt's income, to keep everything in perspective.
2007- $2.85 T
2013- $2.81 T
So, while their revenues declined by ~ 1%, their spending went up 41%!! The american people's income dropped by 8.6% during that same period.
So this 'govt shutdown crisis' is a manufactured crisis.. an emergency with no alarm. They have MORE than enough to run the govt, & MORE than enough to waste in corrupt & inefficient programs.
The administration is using this phony 'crisis' for political strategy. Obama is punishing the american people to bully the congress to increase spending & bankrupting the nation. This is a petty, despicable tactic from a deceptive politician. Most of the media is complicit with this deception, & the american people should see through their lies & demand justice. The combined actions of this administration should be enough for us to call for impeachment or resignation. Deliberate lies & falsehoods over the irs, benghazi, fast & furious, obamacare & it's promises.. these & many more have shown the corruption & falsehood of this presidency.
The only 'crisis' is the continued deception by our elected officials, who spin & lie to us for their political agenda. We should be alarmed about that.. corruption, dishonesty, graft, cronyism, waste, & fraud. It is time to get the liars out of politics. We need honest representatives, not spin doctors.