Conflict Theory and the Government Shutdown Essay

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Conflict Theory and the Government Shutdown Eugene Peter Lewis, Jr. SOCI 200- D01 LUO Mrs. Susan Deneen November 24, 2013 One of the biggest news stories of 2013 as we near its close is the shutdown of the United States government. The legislative branch of the government has a task enumerated by the Constitution- agree on spending so that the government may be funded. When this does not happen, most of the rudimentary processes of the government fail to function. The Republican members of the House of Representatives desired to fund the government with the obvious exemption of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The Democrats in the United States Senate insisted on funding the entire federal government, including Obamacare. (Yan, 2013) During the shutdown that lasted for just over two weeks, the economy lost 24 billion dollars. This slowed the gross domestic product for the country from 3 percent to 2.4 percent. While the government was shut down, all the national parks and monuments were closed which caused the people who work at or near these cites over 150 million dollars per day of the shutdown. Federal workers did receive back wages they did not receive during the shutdown, but contractors will never receive their lost wages back. This stoppage in cash flow affects their spending during the holiday season. The agreement that ended the shutdown and opened the government only lasts until mid-January. It could start again and paralyze the finances of many people that directly or indirectly make a living from the processes of government. The Congress and the President however will still receive pay, and the ubiquitous black SUVs and Air Force One will still be driven and flown off of the Government dime. (Docterman, 2013) Early after the government shut down, there was a church bus accident that killed eight parishioners in eastern

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