A couple things I just found amusing (among other impressions):
As an employee of Health & Human Services posted in the Comments section of the Guardian website
Irony Alert: There are several funding streams and shutdown does NOT effect [sic] those under the ACA, since that is already funded and separate from the annual budget and continuing resolution. ACA activity continues regardless.
So, the Republicans claim (or seem to imply) that the House power to start funding resolutions means that they can legitimately disrupt many operations of government and some 800,000 jobs, any time the budget is up for renewal -- when they don't get any one thing they want. In other words, they claim that the health care plan is sooo
horrible that it is in the national interest to kill other
public services, and to threaten the national credit rating with the upcoming debt ceiling business (probably what this is really
more about), if they are not allowed to defund a policy that was central to the last whole presidential campaign, and a law that passed normally.
... But meanwhile, the healthcare plan goes ahead completely unaffected! Jobs -- the things Republicans are always hollering about how they protect the sources of jobs?? Uh-huh, unless they are government jobs! Those suffer. They're happy to kill those anyway, unless they are their personal pork in question. Heck, some are probably thinking in glee of how many of those jobs in some regions tend to be among the most reliable and (relatively) well-paying employers for Blacks
. Yet, Republicans have no real authority to affect the particular issue they claim this is all about, in this manner. The White House might also consider drafting a few executive orders to keep the economy and credit situation workable on October 17 regardless of budget or no budget, just in case it's needed. Oh, well... Brilliant show of temper, anyway.
Separately, there is some small kernel
of inspiration for story writing. How is the president's staff (and sex life) these days, anyway... Hee.
During the 1995 shutdown, unpaid interns had taken on tasks normally performed by staff who'd had to be sent home. One of those interns brought the president pizza and the two got chatting. Her name? Monica Lewinsky.