With the United States Federal Government in the midst of a shutdown, we examine what this means for the average citizen with a little Q&A …
Q. What’s all this I’ve been hearing about a government shutdown?
A. Republicans and Democrats in Congress can’t agree on how to fund the government so they’ve stopped funding everything that’s not essential until they can reach an agreement.
Q. That sounds pretty scary. Why can’t they agree?
A. Well, the Republicans don’t want to fund health care programs passed by the Democrats, and the Democrats don’t want to fund the rest of the government unless the Republicans agree to fund the health care programs.
Q. Why don’t they just fund the rest of the government first, and figure out about the health care programs later?
A. The President said he would veto any bill that doesn’t fully fund health care.
Q. President Obama said that?
A. No, President Clinton said that. Who’s President Obama?
Q. Wait, what?
A. President Clinton said he’d veto any bill that doesn’t fund health care programs. I’ve never heard of this “President Obama.”
Q. Um, what year do you think this is?
A. Ha! Just kidding. I got you for a moment there didn’t I?! You thought I was going to do this whole bit where I confused the 1995 shutdown with the 2013 shutdown, didn’t you?!
Q. Yes, yes. Very funny.
A. That wasn’t even a question.
Q. Okay, fine. So who are you anyway?
A. Oh I just work for the feds. Got a lot of time on my hands suddenly. I thought I’d put it to good use by coming on here to prank you.