The Government has shut down, but by this week, the government is supposed to pass a budget that defines how it will spend its money until the start of the next fiscal year. The rules say that if both parties cannot agree on a budget by tomorrow, spending will be put on hold until further notice.

The government’s inability to compromise is immature, selfish and ultimately irresponsible. While both parties are obviously at fault for failing to reason with each other, the Republicans, who control the House of Representatives, are largely to blame for the potential shutdown because their argument for defunding Obamacare is weak, unjustified and lacks evidentiary support.

Though Obamacare was passed by Congress, it has yet to truly kick in. Republicans are attempting to undo a mistake that hasn’t even been made yet.

If the government shuts down, many federally-funded programs will remain unaffected while others will be moderately delayed in terms of production.

Programs that are deemed essential by law, such as air traffic control, Medicare, the postal service and food inspections will run as usual.

Millions of federal workers, however, will be put on temporary, unpaid leave with no guarantee of back-pay. Most of these workers are civilian employees of our severely bloated Defense Department.

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