09.23.2011 1

Government shutdown theater returns to Washington, D.C.

It seems like you can’t go 2 months without the political theater attached to the politics of funding government operations.

Today, the Senate voted 59-36 against a government funding bill that the House passed last night. The defeat of this bill has led to saber rattling amongst politicians suggesting that a government shutdown could be imminent.

With the Senate and House both taking a recess next week, speculation is beginning to run wild that the government will be shutting down on September 30.

To add to the chaos of this impending doom (I’m exaggerating of course), FEMA is expected to run out of cash on Monday. That’s 3 days from this moment.

One has to wonder why the supposed “leaders” in Washington wait until the last minute to deal with these problems–problems that they argue are of the utmost importance. Of course, the government stands zippy chance of actually shutting down, but the political theater that we have seen play out in these types of episodes in the past should disgust any observer.

But in the outside chance (trust me, you have a better chance of being hit by the satellite today) that the government does indeed shutdown next Friday, check out our guide to a government shutdown that we prepared two “shutdowns” back in April!

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