Before, during and after the government shutdown there were more than a few individuals who had the cynical view of, “Eh, who cares.” Many didn’t feel any impact, therefore they didn’t believe that the government being closed was really that big of a deal.
Well, as I pointed out in an article I wrote the other day highlighting just a few of the lives that were severely impacted by the shutdown, it did have a pretty substantial impact on quite a few Americans and our economy.
In a statement Politifact called “Mostly True” (the word “all” in his full statement was the lone issue), President Obama said, “Half of all CEOs say that the shutdown and the threat of shutdown set back their plans to hire over the next six months.”
Obama cited a survey where several CEOs said that the threat of shutdown — and the eventual shutdown — set back their plans over the next six months to hire new workers.
This is on top of the fact that the shutdown is estimated to have cost the economy around $24 billion and set our economy back—though the exact figures differ depending on which source you want to use. But while how much the shutdown set our economy back can be argued, it’s pretty much indisputable that it did have a negative impact on our economy.
And let’s not ignore the impact this shutdown could possibly have on consumers who might be having second thoughts about spending as much during the holidays, with another government funding deadline looming in January and another debt ceiling vote due the following month. Because setting up long-term funding solutions is far too difficult for our government to even think of accomplishing.
So while Republicans have sat there and continue to tell the American people that “Obamacare” is destroying jobs (actually it’s greed that’s destroying jobs, not health care coverage), the pointless political stunt that was the Republican-forced shutdown actually did cost jobs.
It’s just more of the same from Republicans. They talk a lot about jobs, our economy and “helping Americans” while it seems at every turn Democrats and President Obama are having to prevent them from costing jobs, sinking our economy and hurting Americans.
And as Republicans seemingly do whatever they can to sabotage our government from within, they’re the first ones to point the finger at others for the problems they continually cause.
But should we be shocked? That’s been their strategy since 2008 when they started blaming President Obama for a recession that began before he ever even took office.