Government Shutdown? 36 Facts Which Prove That Almost Everything Is Still Running

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

All of this whining and crying about a "government shutdown" is a total joke.  You see, there really is very little reason why this "government shutdown" cannot continue indefinitely because almost everything is still running.  63 percent of all federal workers are still working, and 85 percent of all government activities are still being funded during this "shutdown".

Yes, the Obama administration has been making a big show of taking down government websites and blocking off the World War II Memorial, but overall business in Washington D.C. is being conducted pretty much as usual.  It turns out that the definition of "essential personnel" has expanded so much over the years that almost everyone is considered "essential" at this point. 

In fact, this shutdown is such a non-event that even referring to it as a "partial government shutdown" would really be overstating what is actually happening.  The following are 36 facts which prove that almost everything is still running during this government shutdown...

#1 According to U.S. Senator Rand Paul, 85 percent of all government activities are actually being funded during this "government shutdown".

#2 Approximately 1,350,000 "essential" federal employees will continue to work during this "government shutdown".

#3 Overall, 63 percent of the federal workforce will continue to work during this "government shutdown".

#4 The U.S. Postal Service will continue to deliver our mail.

#5 U.S. military personnel will remain on duty and will continue to get paid.

#6 Social Security recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#7 Medicare recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#8 Medicaid recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#9 Food stamp recipients will continue to get their benefits.

#10 Those on unemployment will continue to get their benefits.

#11 Federal retirees will continue to get their pensions.

#12 The federal school lunch program has enough money to go through at least the end of this month.

#13 Public schools all over the country will continue to stay open.

#14 Almost all federal law enforcement officials will continue working.

#15 The Federal Reserve will remain "completely functional".

#16 The Supreme Court will continue to operate normally and federal courts have enough money to keep going for at least two weeks.

#17 TSA employees will continue to molest travelers at our airports.

#18 Air traffic controllers will continue to monitor traffic at our airports.

#19 Hopelessly outmanned border patrol agents will continue to try to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

#20 Visas and passports will continue to be issued by the State Department.

#21 The Veterans Administration will continue to offer substandard medical services, and it will be able to continue processing benefit payments at least for now.

#22 The Obama administration apparently has plenty of money to spend on closing open-air memorials that are usually open to the public 24 hours a day.

#23 The Department of Defense announced the awarding of 94 new contracts worth a combined total of more than 5 billion dollars on September 30th - the day right before the "government shutdown".

#24 The "government shutdown" has not prevented the new two billion dollar NSA spy center from opening up.

#25 Federal prisons will continue to operate normally.

#26 Amtrak trains will continue to run.

#27 The Patent and Trademark Office will be open.

#28 The Consumer Product Safety Commission will continue to issue product recalls if the products "create an immediate threat to the safety of human life".

#29 The National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center will continue to track weather patterns.

#30 If the federal government needs to respond to a natural disaster, this "shutdown" will not affect that.

#31 NASA will continue to support the Mars Rover and the two American astronauts up on the International Space Station.

#32 All city employees of the D.C. government have been deemed "essential" and will continue to go to work.

#33 Even though the Obamacare exchanges are not working properly, people will still be able to access them.

#34 The IRS will continue to collect taxes, but it will be suspending punitive audits of conservative organizations.

#35 Barack Obama will continue to get paid for the full duration of this "shutdown".

#36 The U.S. Congress will continue to get paid for the full duration of this "shutdown".

Of course not everything is operating normally during this government shutdown.  Government parks are closed.  The EPA and the Department of Energy have almost totally closed up shop.  But overall, most Americans are not going to notice much of a difference.

And perhaps now is a good time for the American people to evaluate whether or not they actually need a gigantic federal government that wastes enormous mountains of our money.

For example, our federal government recently spent $98,670 to construct a single outhouse in Alaska.

That is more than a lot of Americans pay for their entire houses.

For many more examples like this, please see my previous article entitled "The Waste List: 66 Crazy Ways That The U.S. Government Is Wasting Your Hard-Earned Money".

It is about time that Washington D.C. started experiencing some of the "belt-tightening" that the rest of the country has been going through.  For far too long, the fatcats in D.C. have been living in an alternate reality where they have been able to live the high life at our expense.  A recent blog post by Daniel Greenfield discussed how this shutdown is going to affect the alternate reality that the Obamas have been living in...

The government shutdown has forced Obama to make do with only a quarter of his 1,701 person staff. That would leave 436 “vital” employees. The 90 people who look after his living quarters would be slashed to 15 to “provide minimum maintenance and support”.


Buckingham Palace, which is twelve times the size of the White House and has its own clockmaker, only has an 800 person staff. King Harald V of Norway and his court make do with 152 staffers. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden gets by with 203.


On Twitter, Michelle Obama announced that she is unable to Tweet on her own without the aid of all of her sixteen assistants; many of whom take home six figure salaries. There are more directors, associate directors and deputy associate directors on Michelle Obama’s staff than there were in George Washington’s entire administration.


Presidents have fought wars and made peace, explored and annexed vast territories and built a nation out of a handful of colonies with fewer senior staffers than are needed to handle Michelle Obama’s Twitter account.

Oh the humanity!  Will Michelle Obama ever tweet again?  And how will the White House continue to function without at least one projectionist on duty at the White House 24 hours a day?

No wonder Barack Obama is so upset about this shutdown.

In the end, this shutdown could turn out to be very good for America.  We have a government that is wildly out of control and that desperately needs to be reigned in.

During the Obama administration, federal debt held by the public has risen by 90 percent, and overall federal government spending has risen by a whopping 317 percent since 1990.

So is it really a bad thing that the federal government has been forced to cut back for a little while?

Our politicians can whine and cry all they want.  They won't be getting any sympathy from me.

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HelluvaEngineer's picture

I really don't give a shit if the government is still running.

DJ Happy Ending's picture

I do. A real shutdown would be fucking great.

philipat's picture

I think that The NSA should remain open because it is the only Government Department that listens to us?

LetThemEatRand's picture

The internet is the world's largest "suggestion box."  

Muppet Pimp's picture

Excellent re-post.  Some patriot took some time putting all that together.  Our elected representatives who care about this country would do well to take heed, and take a look at the long game.  If this is the longest "shutdown" maybe they will get their pictures in the history books.  Much more, if they do the right thing now it should empower them to do so in the future, and things might not look so bad after all if they can muster the courage to make it all happen.  We all know that it is the right thing, and the few items that do pop up can be funded based on need.  Good show Tea Party, we are counting on you all.

GetZeeGold's picture



The government is functioning perfectly right now and we're dialed in......don't touch a thing.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

WTF is up with these countdowns?

#1: your mom is a whore

#2: stop the fucking countdowns

HelluvaEngineer's picture

Hey, -1 dick, welcome to fight club.  You have to fight me tonight.

defender's picture

Strange.  13 minutes between posts, and somehow you have exactly 11 down votes for both posts (as I am typing this).  It seems like there are 11 accounts that the owner has way too much free time on their hands.

GetZeeGold's picture



You have to fight me tonight.


Sorry....I don't fight girls.

I'll take on a real woman....but I don't fight girls.

Burticus's picture

Hey, Engiqueer, you just got your @$$ knocked out.  Welcome to fight club.

And it's Dr. Richard Head to you.

BlackChicken's picture

I have a better one. WTF is up with this?

On Twitter, Michelle Obama announced that she is unable to Tweet on her own without the aid of all of her sixteen assistants; many of whom take home six figure salaries. There are more directors, associate directors and deputy associate directors on Michelle Obama’s staff than there were in George Washington’s entire administration.

How is it even possible that the FWOTUS has 16 assistants? And, how is it even possible that she would need help posting on Twitter?

WTF.... Really, WTF is going on here?

BeetleBailey's picture

Michelle Obama blows chunks of industrial waste vomit...fuckin hag

Ace Ventura's picture

You know how it is, those 16 'assistants' are The First Wookie's 'homegirls'. Like many celebtards in the music industry, they like to hook-up their pals with a seat on the power-trip entourage train. Need a job? Lemme hook you'll get PAID and you don't gotta do jack-shizzle except look fabulous on our next shopping trip.....errrrr, good-will visit, to the French Riviera.

It's so ridiculous it's almost comical........almost. She's literally a modern, chocolate version of Marie Antoinette, with an even bigger 'tude.

slaughterer's picture

Shut "the essential" down, then, too!

Seasmoke's picture

October 17. Patience grasshopper.

TBT or not TBT's picture

That would be bad for both R and D brand congresstraitors portfolios, but dream on.

OldE_Ant's picture

the beauty of this shit is the more they flirt with it the more it can happen.


Yenbot's picture

This is really like hearing "my no-good disloyal money-grubbing ex-wife ran out of money". To quote Dick Cheney: "SO?!"...

Chupacabra-322's picture

37. The CIA is still open for business Torturing, Rendering, PsyOp'ing, drung & money laundering.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Government is just another name for the things we do together. -BHO

Spastica Rex's picture

#13 Public schools all over the country will continue to stay open.


Uh, they're almost entirely funded at the state and local level. Federal funding is only used to bribe states into accepting federal/corporate policies, standards, and oversight, primarily for the purpose of turning public education from Orwellian shit into stinkier Orwellian shit that the Gateses, Broads, Dells, Waltons, Kochs, et al can make money on.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

Which is doubly super-awesome when you pay to send your kids to a private school.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Lot of dept of education furloughs though. A very good thing. Just a few air strikes could do so much good.

Defenestratus's picture

Makes you wonder - if jobs are non-essential, then why am I paying for them?

toady's picture

Yep, only shutting down what people actually use, parks, etc.

lolmao500's picture

#15 The Federal Reserve will remain "completely functional".

It's a private corporation, of course it's fucking open.

Debeachesand Jerseyshores's picture

It's a private corportion that's still open and still fucking with your money.

jo6pac's picture

As a memeber of the left I agree we could do without a lot this but the main part that's still open for business is the war machine and the great we are from the Amerikan spy machine and we are to help save Amerika. If we could close these than then rest we can talk about and reach some sort of deal we all hate but it works. Never Happen, the last one out of Amerika just Fucking leave the last light on, who cares.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

Welcome to our country.  Very good engrish for first try.

Some of us are to have guns.  Do not be alarmed.  Try to form line.  Food is waiting.

Sincerely, Chuck Norris

acetinker's picture

Most revealing (and longest) vid I've seen- thanks!

Harbanger's picture

They coudn't just take out the tires?  They knew she was a freaked out chick when they stopped her.  I love that circle manuever she pulled, it's funny if it wasn't so sad.

acetinker's picture

Wonder if Obomber will address the public the same way he did during the Trayvon affair?  Prolly not, huh?  It was his goons that did this.  Speaking of freaked-out, do you know who she was, if she had issues, or even how old she was?  One report said she was 18, another reported 34.

Nobody in my inner circle seems to give a shit.  But unless I find out she was a known threat to society, I'm gonna keep this day as one of the saddest in many.  Maybe I'm just a sap, but this one really bothers me.

Harbanger's picture

I heard she's black, middle aged, dental assistant from Connecticut.  Could've been Moochele.

acetinker's picture

Nah, Moochelle could never qualify to be a dental assistant.  As reported above, she has staph, err, staff to handle her twitter account.

Harbanger's picture

Her name is Miriam Carey.  Here's an article with her picture.  You won't hear a peep from the race baiters.

TBT or not TBT's picture

When you die in project race card, you have a name. Her name will remain unknown.

Nick Jihad's picture

You will, the moment Al Sharpton's flight lands in Connecticut.

BeetleBailey's picture

Al Sharpton is a fat, race baiting pimp......fuck him....whomever listens to his sorry ass on msnbc ...or anywhere fucked up

acetinker's picture

Thanks, Harbanger.  I wasn't trying to give you an assignment.  But really, thanks for the effort!

Rusty Shorts's picture

yeah what you said..and nice camera work as well.

XitSam's picture

Which way did he go, George?

People in the park hear gunshots, some are on the ground, some walking around oblivious.

nmewn's picture

"#1 According to U.S. Senator Rand Paul, 85 percent of all government activities are actually being funded during this "government shutdown".

Just imagine the over reaction if 3/4's of it was.

While the sight of Andrea Mitchell & David Brooks having a "collective" seizure on the Washington Mall, tearing off each others clothes, biting and pulling each others hair out, in complete angst over what has befallen them (telecast live, nationally, naturally) does have some deep dark appeal to me, I'm not sure if the rest of country is really ready for the optics of it.

Prolly jus me ;-)

1835jackson's picture

You know when you step back a watch can't you feel a perfect storm brewing? I think shit is about to get very fucking real.

Running On Bingo Fuel's picture

Oh please. The shutdown is fucking theater. Obamacare is a stealth tax to increase federal revenue which benefits both the dems and repubs, both want it and the show must go on.

The only storm brewing is more tax and more; get to fucking work you debt slave!