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AP: Shutdown Stopped Homework, Asthma Cure!

From the Associated Press:

Shutdown affected us in ways we did not see

By DON BABWIN | October 18, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) — Our food was a little less safe, our workplaces a little more dangerous. The risk of getting sick was a bit higher, our kids’ homework tougher to complete.

The federal government shutdown may have seemed like a frustrating squabble in far-off Washington, but it crept into our lives in small, subtle ways — from missed vegetable inspections to inaccessible federal websites.

The "feds" always are there in the background, setting the standards by which we live, providing funds to research cures for our kids’ illnesses, watching over our food supply and work environment.

Sheesh.

So how did the shutdown alter our daily routines? Here’s a look at a day in the life of the 2013 government shutdown.

That sausage patty on your breakfast plate was safe as ever because meat inspectors — like FBI agents — are considered "essential" and remained at work. But federal workers who inspect just about everything else on your plate — from fresh berries to scrambled eggs — were furloughed…

And never mind that states have their own food inspectors. As do the companies themselves. And never mind that not every piece of food gets inspected, or even a tiny percentage does.

And what about the food that made it to your plate? The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, which furloughed 9,000 of its 13,000 workers, said the shutdown slowed its response to an outbreak of salmonella in chicken that sickened people in 18 states…

By the way, that outbreak was just like the one last year, when there was no government shutdown. What did the CDC do then? (Hint: nothing.)

At a warehouse, factory or other worksite, a young minority exposed to racial slurs by his boss had one fewer place to turn for help. Federal officials who oversee compliance with discrimination laws and labor practices weren’t working, except in emergencies.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was not issuing right-to-sue letters, so people could not take discrimination cases into federal court, said Peter Siegelman, an expert in workplace discrimination at the University of Connecticut’s law school.

So for 16 days people weren’t able to file for discrimination, unless it was an emergency! Oh, the humanity. (This could be why the Redskins have not changed their name.)

Workplaces weren’t inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. One result? Employees could operate dangerous equipment even if not trained or old enough to do so…

Because once Big Brother lets his guard down everyone runs amuck.

The CDC slashed staffing at quarantine stations at 20 airports and entry points, raising chances travelers could enter the country carrying diseases like measles undetected…

Once again, the CDC decided these people weren’t essential. The Republicans didn’t.

Children learned the meaning of shutdown when they got home and booted up computers to do homework. From the U.S. Census bureau site to NASA maps, they were greeted by alerts that said government sites were down "due to the shutdown." …

After hours is when the shutdown arrived at many people’s homes.

Monique Howard’s 5-year-old son, Carter, has the most trouble with his asthma at night, when his breathing is labored. Her family dreams of a cure, the kind doctors are hunting through federally funded research grants at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

During the shutdown, the doctors had to stop submitting grant applications to study childhood asthma and other diseases and disorders. Hospital officials said the shutdown could have delayed funding for nearly half a year…

There was a comedic effect, too. The shutdown might have saved raunchy entertainers from punishment for obscene or offensive language on late-night TV and radio.

The Federal Communications Commission investigates broadcast misbehavior only if viewers or listeners complain. During the shutdown, callers heard a voice with a familiar ring: "The FCC is closed." …

Whom do we call to complain about hilarious propaganda like this masquerading as ‘journalism’?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “AP: Shutdown Stopped Homework, Asthma Cure!”

  1. artboyusa

    I loved the shutdown. Like “Atlas Shrugged” in reverse. Let’s do it again in January!

    • captstubby

      the Campaigner in Chief discovered a new Stimulus program, to be enhanced in three months.

      “Furloughed government workers could be paid twice in Oregon
      Some federal workers who were furloughed in Oregon could be getting paid twice, with a state official confirming to Fox News that those workers who received state unemployment benefits during the partial government shutdown will not have to re-pay the money.
      The spokesman for WorkSource Oregon Employment Department said the workers received at most a week’s worth of unemployment benefits. The spokesman said he did not know how many workers received the benefits.”

      “He confirmed that furloughed federal workers in the state do not have to re-pay the state unemployment benefits.”


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