Did You Feel The Government Shutdown?

With the government shutdown crisis now behind us, but another possibly around the corner, let’s assess how it impacted rural America. This week’s online poll asks: “Were you affected by the government shutdown?”

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on Oct 31, 2013

I bet most federal employees didn't care about the lockout - got a nice paid vacation. Plus, some of them are apparently getting paid back pay on top of unemployment benefits. Looks like a real sweet deal on the taxpayers' backs.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/outrage-some-furloughed-feds-keep-unemploy...

on Oct 31, 2013

I'm not saying federal employees don't work or don't do good work. I'm just saying that they don't deserve time and a half for vacation.

on Oct 31, 2013

Didn't bother me one bit. Cut beans, had some fall calves, and enjoyed listening to liberals cry about how terribly the government shut down is.

Anonymous
on Oct 31, 2013

We didn't get affected hardly at all. I think Mr. Tom Smith has it about right. Their are a lot of rugged individualists in the country---until they need help. I really believe the shutdown was not necessary and I don't believe it helped the country, agriculture or the general economy at all.

Anonymous
on Oct 31, 2013

Only 17% of the government actually "shut down" but I wish they would do it for longer, and go big. We can only pay for about half of the federal government we have, so we need them to shut down enough to be pay as you go, so we need about 50% to be shut down for a whole year. We'd probably notice it more, but if there is any chance of the US of A surviving for my grandchildren, we need to bite the bullet now. Of course, the feds whinesdabout the 17% for two weeks, and that was with guaranteed back pay. I'm not hopeful.

Anonymous
on Oct 26, 2013

I am on the SCS board and we had to meet in a different building because they wouldn't let us in the USDA building. Our area sent linemen and trucks to help get power restored. A local contractor was working in the area and used his equipment to help plow roads. This all happened within hours of the storm. Funds are being raised to send to the ranchers who need help. This is how I feel it should be done. Americans helping each other. Not waiting for the GOVT. to take someone else's $ funneling it through DC and buying a vote with it somewhere else. Is forced charity really compassion?

Anonymous
on Oct 25, 2013

Federal Government should be only meet every couple of years to minimize the damage.

Anonymous
on Oct 25, 2013

Never knew it even happened

on Oct 25, 2013

Here are some ideas on where to start cutting ----www.downsizinggovernment.org/

on Oct 25, 2013

The Federal government should only protect the boarders. Local taxes and government should control the rest

on Oct 25, 2013

The lack of timely information affected many of us in agriculture.
Everyone hates the government . . . until they need help. Sorry, I can't remember the source of that quote. How many people along the east coast hate the government, but wanted help after Hurricane Sandy? How many people in South Dakota approved of the shutdown, but need government help after the blizzard? How many farmers and ranchers in Texas, here in Oklahoma, or Kansas, or Arkansas, etc., took drought assistance? There are times we all will need help to recover from a disaster. And there is always another crisis coming down the road.

Anonymous
on Oct 25, 2013

Yep. Shut it down and keep it shut. All I want from the government is to protect the borders.

And have good roads. And research at the land-grant schools. And the land grant schools themselves. And the extension service. And NRCS. And Rural electricity. And the school my kids go to (they get federal help too). And the meat inspectors. And the customs service. And medical research. And the folks at NASA who help with those weather satelites. And the national weather service. And FSA. And the folks who do those government reports. And the folks who help with funding for rural water. And rural telephone service. And the post office. And the folks and FDIC. And the social security folks and medicare folks who take care of grandma (and mom and dad--I can't support 'em). And the trade ambassadors office so we can sell oversees. And the FBI, CIA and other folks involved in law enforcement and intelligence gathering. And the forestry service, especially those programs that help with rural fire protection. And the Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation and their lakes and flood protection.

Yep. That's all I want.

Anonymous
on Oct 25, 2013

I wish they were still closed.

Anonymous
on Oct 25, 2013

The shutdown is a fast way to destroy a democracy or what we have left of one. Blackmail has no place in our government. Hope voters remember this in November.

Anonymous
on Oct 25, 2013

The Republicans always cave.

Anonymous
on Oct 25, 2013

Other than they closed the local NCRS office because it is co located with FSA in a government building I wouldn't have known the govt was closed if I hadn't watched the news! I'm with comment number 1 and add protect our borders along with our shores!

Anonymous
on Oct 25, 2013

I only want four things from Government. Protect our shores, deliver the mail on time, maintain the roads and leave me alone.

Anonymous
on Oct 25, 2013

Mostly talk.

Anonymous
on Oct 25, 2013

Republicans shouldn't have caved

Anonymous
on Oct 25, 2013

The deficit increase caused by the shutdown will continue to affect us.

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