While the whole world is slowly coming to terms with the recent shut down of the US government, Democrats and Republicans are already in the warfront exchanging blame missiles on who is responsible for the shut down.
On the one hand is General Barak Obama and his Democrat army on the offensive blaming the Republicans for taking the nation captive for parochial interest using the budget as means to get even on the Democrats on the Health bill (Obamacare). On other camp is General John Boehner and his hawkish GOP army who blame the Democrats for rejecting negotiations to end the deadlock.
While these two "elephants" are fighting it is the grass (the American people) that suffers.
According to a BBC report:
Department of Defense
US military Military personnel on duty will not be affected
The nation's 1.4 million active-duty uniformed military personnel will stay on duty.
About half of the defence department's 800,000 civilian employees will have to stop work, but there is a blanket exception for activities that "provide for the national security".
But where employees are needed to work, they may have to do so without pay:
"Military and other civilians directed to work would be paid retroactively once the lapse of appropriation ends," according to Defence Department Comptroller Robert Hale.
President Barack Obama later told civilian employees that they deserved "better than the dysfunction we're seeing in Congress".
Department of Energy
Employees: 13,814 Due to work: 1,113 Staying at home: 12,701
Hydroelectric dam Hydroelectric dams will be maintained
Most Department of Energy facilities will close, with only 1,113 out of 13,814 staff required to work.
Exemptions include staff overseeing the safety of the nation's nuclear arsenal and operating dams and power lines across the country.
The National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees the nation's nuclear weapons and naval reactor programmes, will have 343 employees on duty to "perform functions related to the safety of human life and the protection of property".
More than 400 employees will stay on to work at the Southwestern Power Administration and the Western Area Power Administration, which are in charge of overseeing hydroelectric power and power lines in the south and western US.
Some staff in other areas will remain at work to oversee "the protection of human life and property."
Department of Commerce
Employees: 46,420 Due to work: 6,186 Staying at home: 40,234
Ocean and the San Diego skyline Weather and shipping reports will still be provided
Most of the department's staff will remain at home. However, staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will continue to report for duty to ensure weather, shipping and other reports are still provided for public safety.
Some of the workers at the Bureau of Industry and Security, which reviews exports, will also remain on duty.
Department of Transportation
Employees: 55,468 Due to work: 36,987 Staying at home: 18,481
Airport Most air traffic control roles will not shut down
Transport roles run by the department, ranging from air traffic control to airport and hazardous materials inspections, will continue and 36,987 out of 55,468 personnel will remain at work.
Staff involved in overseeing commercial space launches will also continue operations - as at least one of a succession of launches will occur between the end of September and the first week in October in support of the International Space Station, according to the department.
Suspended activities will include facility security inspections, routine personnel security background investigations and the employee drug testing program.
Employees: 4,202 Due to work: 688 Staying at home: 3,514
Tian Tian Animals at the National Zoo will still be fed
The National Zoo and 19 museums and galleries, including the Natural History Museum, the Portrait Gallery and the Air and Space Museum, would close.
Of the 4,202 employees, 688 will be retained to "protect life and property" - security guards, maintenance staff and people to care for and feed the animals at the National Zoo.
The Smithsonian Institution says: "During a shutdown, the Institution cannot legally accept voluntary services from federal employees to continue their regular duties."
Employees: 24,645 Due to work: 3,266 Staying at home: 21,379
National Park National Parks will be closed
National parks - from Yosemite to Alcatraz and the Statue of Liberty - will be shut down with 3,266 essential staff out of 24,645 remaining on duty. These will include some fire management, law enforcement and emergency responders.
Day-use visitors will be instructed to leave the park immediately and visitors using overnight facilities will be asked to make alternative arrangements and leave.
Where possible, park roads will be closed and access denied.
Department of Homeland Security
Employees: 231,117 Due to work: 199,822 Staying at home: 31,295
Coast Guard Coast Guard operations will continue
About 86% of the Department of Homeland Security's 240,000 employees are expected to be exempt from the shutdown, including uniformed agents and officers at the country's borders and ports of entry.
Most members of the Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration, Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are exempt.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services employees will continue to process green card applications.
Department of Justice
Employees: 114,486 Due to work: 96,744 Staying at home: 17,742
DEA badge DEA agents will be exempt
Of 114,486 Department of Justice employees, an estimated 96,744 will be exempt from the shutdown.
All Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and support personnel in the field will be exempt as their operations are focused on national security and investigations involving protection of life and property.
Drug Enforcement Administration agents working on active counternarcotics investigations, agents in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and US attorneys will be exempt.
Staff at federal prisons will also be expected to work.
Department of Health and Human Services
Employees: 78,198 Due to work: 37,686 Staying at home: 40,512
Flu jab being administered The annual flu programme will not be supported
The department will be sending home more than half its workers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will continue "minimal support to protect the health and well-being of US citizens". However, fewer staff will mean reduced capacity to respond to outbreaks and the agency will be unable to support its annual flu program.
Department of Education
Employees: 4,225 Due to work: 212 Staying at home: 4,013
Students eating breakfast Funding for schools, due this month, will be paid
About 212 of the department's 4,225 employees - both full and part-time - will be expected to work for the first week. An additional 30 staff may be called in if the shutdown lasts more than seven days.
Some $22bn of funding to schools, due on the 1 October, will still be distributed. Among other things, this pays to help educate poor and disabled children.
Environmental Protection Agency
Employees: 16,205 Due to work: 1,069 Staying at home: 15,136
Administrator Gina McCarthy said her department would effectively shut down with only a core group of individuals available in case of a "significant emergency".
With so many federal employees working, how is the federal government shut down?
Who will be there to press the buttons on the elevators for the clueless politicians?
lol this is not a binary answer
I think its not the first time shutdown.
There's no one to "blame". Why do we always try to point fingers when something goes astray politically? Something as significant as a government shutdown can never be the fault of one of multiple groups, especially when the power between these groups (the two major parties in the USA) is nearly equally distributed.
Fault lies in both parties, and each side will argue that the other has more of it. In the end, they both need to own up to their mistakes (and they've all made big mistakes) and work out a bipartisan deal. Unfortunately, accountability has become a lost art in the world of politics.
Nevertheless. something I do not understand (as a European) is how Americans (1) are not able to organize health care properly and (2) how in the world it is possible the largest democracy can be brought to a stand still over that single issue ?? WTF IS WRONG WITH THIS HEALTH CARE INSURANCE SYSTEM ?? Cut a few F-35 fighters and America can pay for it twice. Easily. I blame the republicans.. for stubborness.
The interesting thing is how blame is tossed around. I'm Canadian, so my stance pretty much mirrors your European stance... their health care is a joke, and it shouldn't even be an issue...
That said, I have Texan and Arkansan in-laws, and it's amazing that they're placing the blame for this entire situation squarely upon the Democrats... well, no, squarely on Obama, and his "dictatorship". It's kinda funny how perspectives are informed with politics.
I think the American people that voted all these bozos into office especially the President are to blame. That is who is really at fault!
Government resolved issue by kicking the trash can down the road a few months to start all over again.
The Government has been shutdown many times. Threaten shutdown even more. It is a poor tool.
The blame game is the primary source of the problem IMO. Instead of working together towards common goals, each side finds things that can make them stand apart and look better than the other. There are few people in the US government who actually have our best interests in mind when they go to work. Most have the best interests of their parties in mind, and that is where the problem lies.
Of course the Feds problem is just a symptom of the underlying issue, which is that of the American people. Some of our people particularly those with the loudest voices and the most money are extremely polarized and will do anything in their power to help themselves.
I really think the whole "party" system is extremely out of date and old fashioned. People should be forced to run for office strictly on there personal merits.
Take me for example I am a Christian conservative environmentalist who has many beliefs that transcend both parties and completely cross party lines. I would say that most people in our country would say they share viewpoints of both parties.
But no one runs on what they believe any more (except maybe Ron Paul) they just spit out the same ole partisan crap!
Passing blame seems like fun and everyone is doing it and so I will give it a try:
I put blame on any politician that makes decisions based soley on what will get them votes (so almsot every politician).
I blame people that vote for the same morons over and over.
I blame the children in Washington that just like fight with each other.
I blame the people that voted for those people.
I blame Democrats.
I blame Republicans.
I blame all of you.
I blame myself.
We're all human beings and having a difference of opinion is a normal part of being human (and I'm grateful for that) and wanting it your way is something that every one of us here and every person has been guilty of many times. That's part of the issue. Everyone wants it their way and no one budges. Anyone playing the blame game should recognize that and then recognize that they do that too and so they're partly guilty for following human nature. Running a government isn't easy (especially with two major parties that couldn't be more different)/
I blame the few politicians who are tired of the one party political game and tried to use it to do what they were elected to do, represent the constituents that elected them. It was against their party leadership's wishes who just wanted to wave their white flags of surrender.
I blame the blameless
I blame George W Bush, because of his lingering scapegoat potential.
I blame big business for not being small business
I blame small business for not being out of business
I blame the void of deep space for not doing anything for us lately
I blame the zombies for the coming apocalypse
I blame Bob for no longer being called Bobby after he grew up
I blame the 5% approval rating of congress as being good enough to win another re-election
I blame the tolerant for being intolerant
I blame everyone and everything except for the Hypno Toad... All glory to the Hypno Toad
I blame it on the rain, girl you know it's true.
I blame it on the boogie