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The Government Shutdown, Visualized

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The Government Shutdown, Visualized


Confused about exactly how the two-week-old shutdown has impacted the federal government? Dan Delaney is here to help.

Delaney has put together a live graphic that provides a real-time update on the nuts and bolts of the government shutdown. It shows exactly how many government employees have been sent home, how much salary and how many WIC food vouchers have gone unpaid, and what percentage of each federal department has been furloughed, among many other pieces of information gathered from public agency contingency plans. The data is also available in spreadsheet form.

The graphic presents a visual representation of the government’s priorities during the shutdown crisis, by showing how some departments have been hit far harder than others. For example, 95 percent of Department of Veterans Affairs employees are furlough-exempt, while 97 percent of NASA’s 18,250 employees have been sent home.

A snapshot of the data is below, and you can go to enigma.io to see the live data.

furlough graphic

H/t: Gizmodo

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. alboy5 October 14, 2013

    Prepare for global shutdown as Obama defaults on US debt.

    1. disqus_fsqeoY3FsG October 14, 2013

      Typing error above – Prepare for global shutdown as Republicans defaults on US debt.

    2. jmprint October 14, 2013

      Hey Tea Partier: Things don’t become true, if you keep repeating!

    3. GetRealAndGoToWork October 14, 2013

      Do you not know that one person, a Republican, is preventing the vote of congress which would raise the debt ceiling?

      Do you not know that congress controls spending not the President of the United States?

      Do you not know that the deficit was in the black under Clinton?

      Do you not know that Geo. W and his policies of war (which were about vendetta not weapons a of mass destruction) and bank deregulation created the bulk of the debt?

      Do you not know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a compromise with Republicans?

      Do you not know that all ACA does is create a means to buy health care for us all?

      Please watch this and learn something:


  2. AMADAL October 14, 2013

    Obama still has the option of testing the boundaries of the 14th Amendment to keep this country from default. All he needs is to grow a pair.

    1. johninPCFL October 14, 2013

      Who do you think would buy the t-bonds knowing that their legality is in question? Who would buy them knowing that when they tried to sell them, they couldn’t? Who would buy them knowing that a decade or more from now the supreme court could rule them illegitiate?
      The question is not whether it could be done. The question is who would assume the risk. Currently the discount rate (you buy t-bills and bonds below face value) is below 10% (that means you receive $90 today per $100 face value of the note.) If these bills are that risky, the discount could excede 50%, meaning that you actually get less than $50 cash today for each $100 you borrow. The face value of the note is what you have to repay. Does that sound like sane fiscal policy to you?
      Historical note – we just finished paying off Reagan’s notes in 2011. To eliminate the Carter and Ford economic woes he added $4T to the national debt by borrowing.

      1. AMADAL October 14, 2013

        The only way to find out is to put them out there and see what happens. It might just be enough to shake the Repukes loose enough to approve a debt increase. No one knows what will happen, but it’s probably better than a default.

        1. johninPCFL October 15, 2013

          Of course “put them out there” means selling them at the discount rate. What do you suggest the president tell the American people when he adds $1T to the national debt and gets $300B in cash?

          1. AMADAL October 15, 2013

            Give me a fornicating break. I suppose you think a default would be better. I at least give the Pres more credit than that

          2. johninPCFL October 15, 2013

            A default would be the worst, but I doubt that the treasury instruments will sell at a reasonable discount while under threat of legitimacy. Congressmen would have standing to sue to prevent redemption and the Supreme Court would ultimately have to rule. I think every GOP would sign onto the suit to keep them from being redeemed, meaning that they would be viewed as worthless from the outset.

          3. AMADAL October 15, 2013

            Who really knows. All we can do for now is hope for the best that Congress will do the right thing and then starting November 2014, clean house by voting ALL incumbents out of office


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