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NBC Says Shutdown "Doomsday" is Coming, Publishes Checklist

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With the mainstream media, by nature, designed to increase in fervor as any particular topic lingers too long, there is no way of telling which way is up on this government shutdown.

Through all the hyperbole and fanatical rantings that we suffer on television, the truth is out there:  800,000 federal workers won’t be getting a paycheck because Congress refuses to pass a budget bill that includes President Trump’s requested amount.  We are currently three days shy of the record of a 21-day shutdown, part of the Bill Clinton presidency, and there is seemingly no end in sight.

The heels are dug in.  The doors have been slammed.  Those boats have sailed.  Whatever metaphor you like.  They all apply.

NBC has taken this sentiment a bit further, however, outlining, in detail, what a “shutdown doomsday” scenario would look like.

“We’ll be in no man’s land,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, told NBC News.

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If the worst were to happen, experts say the devastating impact would be widespread:

  • 38 million low-income Americans lose food stamps

  • 6 million face an uncertain timetable for collecting tax refunds

  • 2 million without rental assistance and facing possible eviction

  • 800,000 paycheck-less federal employees plunged into dire financial straits

  • Shuttered parks and museums while overstressed airports cause tourism to tank

  • Federal court system slows to a crawl

  • Disaster relief money doesn’t get to storm-ravaged areas

  • Lapsed FDA and EPA inspections lead to dangerous outbreaks

  • Private companies looking to go public are stuck in limbo

  • Stock market plummets

Over the course of the last 24 hours, the democratic position has invariably weakened, with even celebrities such as Cher calling on Nancy Pelosi to cut a deal.


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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.