On the road to a government shutdown

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress now has one week to come up with a plan to keep the federal doors open and lights on.

Last week, the House passed a bill that continues funding for everything but ObamaCare.

But Senate Democrats, and most Republicans, have already said that dog won’t hunt when Senators take it up this week.

And Texas senator Ted Cruz Is cruisin’ to do some bruisin’ if senate democrats try to re-fund ObamaCare saying, “If the majority is going to run over the minority with a train, the minority has the ability to stop them.”

Even if there is a so-called government shutdown, it doesn’t mean everything closes.

For instance, the mail will still get delivered, which includes Social Security checks for the recipients in the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance programs; the Supplemental Security Income program; and Medicare.

There’s good news and bad news for the nation’s military.

The good news is that all military personnel will continue with their normal duties.

The bad news is that they, and their families, won’t get a paycheck until congress provides the cash. Same holds for exempted civilian employees.

97% of VA employees will stay on the job because of existing funding. That means the VA will still provide healthcare and burial services.

However, the government probably will stop processing new applications for housing and student loans.

And the national parks will close, including all those in Texas, giving the bears and other beast a break from constantly posing for tourist pictures.

But the IRS will continue collecting taxes. After all, someone’s got to pay all those people in Washington who got us into this mess.