They might shut the government down. The politicians have said they might shut the government down. Okay, I hear them, but I don't have a clue what that means. Do you?
I don't know why they might shut it down, don't know when, for how long, or how they'll start it back up when what ever needs to happen for them to start it up happens. I only know as recent as this morning I've been hearing they might shut the government down. That's all I know. Yet -
I haven't checked if it's shut down or not. I should because it might mean no mail. If the government shuts down today, should I skip stopping at my mail box? Should I just roll right on by? If the government shuts down it might mean we'll save ungodly amount of tax money on government salaries. It might mean the guys filling potholes in our roads will stop filling them, and this time of year, here in Vermont, that would suck.
Will our troops get time off? Will the wars we're fighting end, if the government shuts down? I don't know.
The they, in the who might be shutting the government down, might not be they, the they might be the who, who is the President, deciding if the government will be shut down. That's a muddled sentence if I've ever written one. I should be a politician.
But, I think the they is the they, not just the President. You know what? I don't think a President has much say so about much, really.
I never, ever, ever, have done online (news) research for a column until now on this shutdown, and I found if there is a shutdown, the IRS will stop processing paper tax returns, the Small Business Administration will stop making loans, and federal home loan guarantees will be put on hold.
National Institutes of Health would stop accepting new patients and would put clinical trials on hold. Institutions like the Smithsonian would close. The Cherry Blossom parade in D.C. won't be happening. True.
Here's the kicker, U.S. troops would be paid through Friday, but after then, paychecks to members of the military, including those in war zones, would stop.
"Essential" government employees will still be able to work; those considered "nonessential" would not. All these things were on CNN and or Fox news websites.
Sounds like the congress and senate folks will still work and get paid; "legislative and judicial branches would be in accordance and go on with their own shutdown plans." Their own plans?
See, that's a muddled line too right, from the politicians.
Politicians are so cool. They really rake it in. I don't begrudge them a cent of it either. They worked themselves in those seats, and we all had the same chance, so good for them. I'll tell you though, it's awful we citizens think those politician folks are crooked. They may be, but it's awful we think they are, because thinking they are doesn't make anything better. And surely some of them aren't crooked. Many of them are well meaning. Course, so was the town administrator when he took the job. Then he used the town gas card for his personal car - then he used town petty cash on lunch - then he drove the company truck to summer league softball games - then he stole $157,766 dollars from the safe.
Oh cripes, whatever. I'm not smart minded enough to understand what's going on in the world. I'm having enough trouble understanding why people here in Vermont are upset and confused that the weather isn't spring-like yet.
Rusty DeWees tours Vermont and Northern New York with his act "The Logger." His column appears weekly. He can be reached at email@example.com. Listen for The Logger, Rusty DeWees, Thursdays at 7:40 on the Big Station, 98.9 WOKO or visit his website at www.thelogger.com.