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Not Really A Shutdown

Recorded on February 25, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

It's called a government shutdown—but it really isn't.

Even if Congress and the President don't resolve their spending disputes by March 4th, the Associated Press concludes only one fourth of federal workers would be affected. The others would stay at work, although their paychecks might be delayed IF the stalemate lasted more than two weeks.

Social Security checks would still go out. Troops would remain on guard. Food inspectors would still inspect. Air travel would continue normally. Medicare would continue. Veterans would get health care and your mail would still be delivered.

The IRS would collect money—but tax refunds would be delayed. The EPA would be slowed down. National parks would turn away visitors.

But most of life would go on as usual. Government would slow down, but not really shutdown. And the sun would still come up every morning.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.