Republican-forced government shutdown: more pain for Americans

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GOP Shutdown Fiasco

Salt Lake City, UT

#1 Oct 11, 2013
Republican-forced government shutdown generates another day of pain for Americans

As the tea party-engendered government shutdown winds toward the end of its 11th day, the damage to the economy is growing.
Seven million people are estimated to have been kept from entering the dozen most-visited U.S. national parks—including Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and the Everglades—because of the federal government shutdown. Estimated economic damage to parks and nearby communities:$76 million a day. That comes from a report from the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees. The estimates are based on National Park Service visitation numbers from last October and the analysis of the nonpartisan group Headwaters Economics. At risk, the report says, are 40,000 non-Park Service jobs in and outside these 12 national parks.

In Utah, state officials have found enough money—$1.65 million—to put park rangers and other national park employees back to work in its five national parks for a month.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewel said earlier this week she would only discuss the issue with state officials if they fully funded the parks, not some piecemeal approach. That means $21 million a year. Zion National Park alone costs $50,000 a day to operate.

While operators of restaurants and hotels here at Zion’s shuttered entrance cheered any prospect of reopening the park, they said the shutdown had already taken a heavy toll on this town of 550 people. Big tours had already canceled their reservations and made other plans, and local businesses said they were skeptical about whether the news of any park reopenings would make a difference to foreign tour operators as long as the government shutdown persists.
The state is not yet willing to come up with $122,000 a day to open Grand Canyon National Park.
Other states, South Dakota, for instance, don't have the resources to reopen their national parks.

Meanwhile, retailers fear that if the government doesn't get up and running soon, the shutdown could have an negative impact on a holiday season with the potential of $600 billion in sales, about 20 percent of the total annual revenue for retailers. Consumer confidence has already taken a massive hit because of uncertainty about how long and how deep an impact the shutdown will have.

The industry trade group National Retail Federation wrote a letter this week asking Congress to end the shutdown immediately and saying that only the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 “has done more damage to consumer confidence in such a short period of time.”
Schmahl Spew

United States

#2 Oct 15, 2013
The industry trade group National Retail Federation wrote a letter this week asking Congress to end the shutdown immediately and saying that only the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 “has done more damage to consumer confidence in such a short period of time.”
goose

Chicago, IL

#3 Oct 16, 2013
Republican-forced government shutdown generates yet another day of pain for Americans.

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