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Fri April 8, 2011
The Government Shutdown
There’s a midnight deadline. If a deal between lawmakers and the White House can’t be struck, the federal government shuts down.
And the next question is…does it matter? We’re being assured that even in shut-down mode, our mail still gets delivered, entitlement benefits will still be paid, the military will keep fighting on three fronts.
But other services you count on from the government are still kind of up in the air. That expedited passport for the surprise Caribbean cruise? The big tax refund you were planning on to pay for said cruise?
Today we’ll get the historical perspective from Political analyst Bill Curry, who was in the Clinton White House during the last federal government shutdown – and was comptroller when the state briefly shut down during the Weicker administration.