In the event of a government shutdown, the first thing Elizabeth Ashack will do is apply for unemployment benefits.
"I'm the breadwinner because my spouse is in college," she told MSNBC on Monday, just hours before the deadline to avert a government shutdown. "We don't have a lot of extra money to play around with." read more
The old adage—turn off the lights to save some money—just doesn’t work when it comes to the government.
In fact, shuttering government offices has actually cost taxpayers money—an estimated $2 billion in today’s dollars the last time it happened in 1995 and 1996, when the government closed for 27 days.
And this time would be no different, budget experts say. Even if workers aren’t given backpay, as they were in the nineties, the government will still lose out on important sources of revenue, like inspection fines and visa and licensing fees. Plus, there are back costs to re-opening. read more
1. The Mario Brothers are plumbers. But in an obit for longtime Nintendo president, the New York Times called the brothers janitors. The paper issued a correction and regrets the error.
2. Soccer hooligans were (presumably) arguing about the soccer game they'd just watched while descending escalators. Then, the escalators start going at warp speed.
3. Unwanted hair, spilled milk, lower back pain and foot odor make us sad. Infomercial actors do such a good job at expressing that sadness. The only thing more sad is adding The Smiths to a montage of all the sad infomercial actors being sad.
Forget about the Republican push to repeal Obamacare. The real reason we're facing a government shutdown on Monday is because House Republicans and Senate Democrats have radically different ideas of how to deal with sequestration and spending in fiscal year 2014, which begins on October 1. In fact, we've been headed down the path to a shutdown for four months already. read more
During a major NCAA game five months ago, college basketball player Kevin Ware suffered a leg injury so grisly it made national headlines and left horrified onlookers wondering whether he would ever play again. It was Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association (NCPA), who helped draw the media's attention to a separate, potentially more urgent question: Would the NCAA and the Louisville Cardinals pay the 20-year-old undergraduate's medical bills or leave that to his family? read more
Detroit won't be getting a bailout any time soon, but that doesn't mean that Washington is neglecting the financially troubled metropolis entirely. On Friday, the White House unveiled its plan to add $300 million to the Detroit's coffers, a cash infusion which may boost economic development but is unlikely to put much of a dent in the city's colossal debt burden. read more