One week ago at midnight, the federal government ‘shutdown.’ President Obama is still refusing to negotiate and the next battle is quickly approaching: the debt limit. But despite the White House making life as painful as possible in the name of partisanship by barricading WWII vets out of their memorial, throwing the elderly out of their homes, shutting down the amber alert system, blocking national and private parks, etc. the majority of the government is still functioning. Byron York breaks down the numbers:
In a conversation Thursday, a Republican member of Congress mentioned that the military pay act, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama at the beginning of the shutdown, is actually a huge percentage of the government’s discretionary spending in any given year. And that is still flowing. So if you took that money, and added it to all the entitlement spending that is unaffected by a shutdown, plus all the areas of spending that are exempted from a shutdown, and added it all together, how much of the federal government’s total spending is still underway even though the government is technically shut down?