As of December 22, 2018, the federal government has been on shutdown all for Trump’s demand to fund a wall separating the US from Mexico. This demand is not being met. For those people who don’t understand what a government shutdown is, it is when the “nonessential offices of the government close due to lack of approval on the federal budget for the upcoming fiscal year,” according to Investopedia.com.
If an agreement is not reached, the shutdown causes many federally run operations to close and stops the work of all federal employees unless their position is considered essential. This shutdown will stay in effect all until a final decision is made and a budget bill is passed.
Around 800,000 Federal workers in the Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, State, Transportation, and treasury departments are all being forced into work without pay because of the shutdown. Now is this really fair all because two groups of people can’t agree on a topic?
Thinking personally, I really don’t believe that it is right to completely shut down the government over an argument like this. In doing so they are not only stopping service to other people who need the federal government and not giving people the work and money they need in order to pay for food, appliances, and even housing.
An example of how this whole government shutdown affects more than just its employees is how it affects government organizations like SNAP, commonly known as food stamps. According to an article on npr.org “The Department of Agriculture has announced it will continue to fund SNAP (food stamps) through February.” but what is going to happen when February is gone and the Government still can’t come to an agreement on what to do about funding for the wall?
Now, understanding why they had to shut down the government is very easy to comprehend and the point isn’t to say that the government is kind of stupid for doing this, it is just to tell the story of the shutdown affects people like 36-year-old Jacinda. She told NPR that, “If there’s no check on the 26th, I have no idea what we’re going to do, our rent is due, the electric bill is due, our cell phones are now past dues.” Her husband is working as a TSA officer in Portland for over 40 hours a week with no pay. What exactly are all of these people supposed to do without all of their money they have earned with their hard work.
Let’s all just hope that soon enough the shutdown will be over and someone will finally resolve the question of, “will they give Trump money to fund the wall or will he need to give up on the wall?” so that all of these poor people can earn back all of the money they have earned with their hard work.