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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

On When Governments Shut Down, Partially or Otherwise, It Can't be Good

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Easing back into writing mode, let me take a minute to comment on a still developing story which has to do with the current impasse in Washington D.C.

I am talking about the American government partial shutdown and its possible consequence not only for the United States, but for countries south of the Rio Grande. A partial shutdown with global economic ramifications.

You should bear in mind that I am no economist and my views are merely rhetorical and entirely personal as I consume the facts via social media and other news outlets,

Should the American government come to a grinding halt, and all but the essentials be closed for business, one thing that I can  immediately think of is the fact the companies that depend on the U.S. for their day to day affairs will be strongly hit. As an example: travel agencies, especially as they deal directly with American embassies and consulates and the fact that immigrant and non-immigrant visa processing would only continue while funds last, plus their attendant service industries and their employees.

The reaction in our neck of the woods has been significant for this country is a huge trade partner of the United States. In other words, we do a great deal of business together. Should anything happen to the American economy, you can be sure that the ripple effect will be felt where we are.

As for the fact that the current debacle is about health care and whether the average citizen should have access to affordable alternatives, I think this is something only voters have a say on.  I've got zilch, nada, to say on the subject. It's a matter of choice.

Meanwhile, the simple folk north and south of the coveted border are grinding on day by day, as surely as the sun rises in the East every morning, free and nuclear for everyone.

Good luck!

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