Listening to certain pundits of a particular political bent, even a few well heeled religious ones, their sarcasm about the government shut down that at present appears to only have an effect limited to the poor and middle class, the refrain has been, “Well, it doesn’t affect me”.
After all, the immediate effects were being felt by Federal workers, women and infants who need food assistance, kids with cancer, flood victims, and others who have it hardest, until the GOP realized how effective it could be to boost their image if they passed individual funding bills for things that might make them look concerned and caring.
When it came to the Sequester the wealthy were pretty much left alone. The wealthy lost little, unless their big treat was a White House tour. Even long lines at airports were avoided by eliminating cuts to the Federal Aviation Administration, while low-income children’s education and affordable housing were hit.
This time around even the FAA will be hit as it starts getting furloughed.
The wealthy also will have to face crushing blows to their life-style, and, if the shut down goes on, will lose some of the important things in life.
Any tennis courts owned by the National park Service or located on federal land owned by the National Park Service will shut down this week.
The Rock Creek Horse Center in Washington D.C., which is owned by the National Park Service, is a set of stables for privately owned horses. Other than the horses getting fed, all the other activities at the center will be closed.
There are several golf courses owned by the National Park Service throughout the United States that will be closed.
In DC’s upscale Georgetown neighborhood, the Thompson Boat Center on NPS property will be closed. This includes the Columbia Island Marina, home to yachts up to 50 feet long.
As the shut down continues and consumer confidence goes negative, corporate profits will be impacted and the stock market could tank.
Big Oil that usually does pretty well through the government may find that new oil projects have to be put on hold, and their contractors will have to wait before they can make arrangements with the feds. Even certain expected payments will be on hold.
Chauncey, Buffy, and Reginald may find that in spite of their smugness, it won’t be just the poorer Americans who will be affected.
The difference is only that the poor will be hit in their necessities while the wealthy will have to curtail their privilege.