So basically, two people share an iPad. One person wants to update its system to run it more efficiently and improve the software. However, the other person already likes how the iPad is working and already has his apps and things organized on the iPad and doesn't want to update it. So as a solution, they smash the iPad. Now I realize that sounds slightly passive aggressive on my part, but I do think this is an analogy that makes sense. Parallel to this analogy is what is actually happening to our government. Each year, the House and the Senate agree on a budget for the term, however, this year they couldn't agree on a budget. As a result, they shutdown the government until they can resolve their conflict. Why can't they agree on a budget this year? Since Obamacare has been passed. Since the people who are "richer" refuse to pay higher taxes to support people who cannot afford health care, Republicans are trying to delay Obamacare.
Usually, I like getting the more humorous aspect of government news so here are some links of government shutdown related humor:
http://www.hulu.com/watch/542718 (Colbert Report of the Government Shutdown's One Week Birthday!)
http://www.hulu.com/watch/542149 (NSFW: Miley Cyrus Hosts SNL and does an own parody of her song "We Can't Stop" about the Government Shutdown called "We Did Stop")
To be honest, when I first heard about the Government Shutdown, I didn't think much of it. It happened in Parks and Recreation (of course on a much smaller scale), and things were resolved quickly. As I did more research on it, I realized it was much bigger of a deal than I thought.
People are losing their jobs due to this. Federal employees are now separated into two groups, "essential" and "non-essential". Employees who are essential are required to continue work without pay. This includes the postal service, national security, and public safety. These people are required to go to work, albeit without pay.
Non-essential services such as parks, Amber Alert Systems, and Regulatory Agencies are shut down. Federal employees who are non essential are now jobless.
I think the government shutdown is quite childish of Congress and is so silly. The Senate is unwilling to compromise and benefit the country as a whole. I don't know anyone in particular who is being affected, but I do understand a viewpoint of a federal employee. Imagine having a family living from paycheck to paycheck. This shutdown surely affects federal employees like that.
According to Washington Post, Washington DC is expected to lose $200 million dollars each day the government is shutdown.
I hope Congress will quickly resolve their conflict and end the unnecessary conflict.
Article by Katie Lan