Five Ways the Government Shutdown Will Screw Up Your Life


3. You're camping in a Yosemite and you haven't heard about the government shutdown that started four days ago.

Good luck, dude, and we hope you brought plenty of supplies. If the shutdown happens -- and isn't immediately resolved -- all national parks will be closed and campers will be given two days to get out of said parks. We like to think that this will work the way it works when workers close a bookstore -- walking the aisles and flushing everyone out -- but the park employees won't be getting paid so they may not feel like being super-thorough before they hit the lights, lock up and leave. Same goes for national museums like the Smithsonian and the National Gallery, according to the Washington Post. All places you don't want to be stuck in, because the government workers that would let you out, well they're on furlough, man.

4. You're a nonessential federal employee, but you're a workaholic, so you'll just volunteer your time.

You've got another think coming. It doesn't matter if you're a White House aide or you really like helping people figure out where the bathrooms are in Yellowstone Park or you just really hate sitting at home because your family is needy, your cat doesn't like to see too much of you or you're only happy when filing something -- you still won't be allowed to just give Uncle Sam your time without getting paid. A 19th century law put the kibosh on volunteers because the government doesn't want the bums coming back around asking for back pay post-shutdown, according to D.C. lawyer Ray Natter.

5. You've finally bought that ticket for Paris and now all you need is your passport to live your dream.

Hate to break it to you buddy, but you won't be going to the City of Light to party like Hemingway and get lost trying to find the Eiffel Tower. Passports aren't of the essential things when there is no working federal government. The Department of State says it has a little bit of outside funds to keep it going, but if this shutdown drags out like the last one did, those funds won't last very long, and once that money is gone there will be no passport for you, according to USA Today.



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9 comments
Ricardo Moya
Ricardo Moya

State park? Don't you mean national park?

Casey Buhrer
Casey Buhrer

Social security administration is working at a limited capacity, so no changing your name on your social security card if you're recently married :(

rgwalt
rgwalt

I believe #1 is incorrect.  The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is still operating during the shutdown.  Plus, if you have a CHL in Texas, you don't have to go through the background check.

marmy
marmy

Any fool that waits till the last minute to get their first passport or even renew an existing one deserves the headaches that come with it.

Verne_Lundquist
Verne_Lundquist

Weak article from a weak-minded spouter of unchecked factoids. Try the truth instead of Dem talking points for your next 'effort'.

NewsDog
NewsDog

As far as I know there aren't too many NSA people working at an airport, but I could be wrong. Could you perhaps mean TSA?  

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