Republicans and Democrats refuse to budge and pass a spending bill, leaving no end in sight for the government shutdown. Because Republicans will only agree to pass the budget if Obamacare is delayed or defunded and Democrats won’t agree to a budget that destroys Obamacare, we find ourselves at an impasse.
It seems ridiculous, shutting down the government because Congress can’t agree, but imagine a world where this happens to ACU.
What if a irreconcilable division split the faculty and staff? Let’s say one group demands the removal of CORE, while another group refuses to give the class up. Neither groups are open to compromising. As a result, certain parts of ACU are forced to shutdown.
U.S. government services said to be crucial to our national security and public safety, such as those written into permanent law – like the military, the post office and air traffic control – will keep running. So the closest thing ACU has to a military, the ACU Police Department, would continue to protect us, and I guess the workers who watch to make sure people don’t slide and glide in Chapel would still have a job.
Other nonessential services and programs? Shut down indefinitely.
Just like national parks across America, Kojie Park would be forced to close. There would be no need to respect it. National museums and memorials have been closed as well, so our very own Tower of Light would be forced to shut off its lights. Oh, wait.
Sorry, science majors. The science department would be incapacitated just like government research commissions and programs, including NASA, have been, in most part, shutdown. Though our dedicated science majors would probably continue their research despite it all.
Most food stamps will continue to be mailed for a month, but anything after that? Nope. So, Bean Bucks just became a precious commodity.
Though there’s been no sign of anarchy in America yet, chaos might ensue in the dorms. No money for desk managers means no curfew.
The Piano Man, the members of Team55 and Chapel singers would have to find other gigs during the shutdown.
Hopefully our faculty and staff would straighten out their differences over CORE in an efficient manner, but in the mean time, both groups would continue to be paid. So what about classes? Yes, they would continue.