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What The Government Shutdown Really Means


Before I begin just know all the facts that I state are from a USA Today story (“66 Questions and Answers About The Government Shutdown”) which I will link to at the end. Some of the highlights:

1.  You will still get your mail (more bills).

2.  If you are currently enjoying nature in one of our national parks you now have 2 days to clear out.

3.  The Smithsonian, the Holocaust Museum and most Presidential Libraries will be closed. (I have a group of 8th grade students leaving to see the Holocaust Museum next week as they just read ‘The Diary of Anne Frank”.)

4.  ‘eVerify’, the government’s system for owners to check the legal work status of employees is shut down. (I did not see that one coming).

5.  Seniors: Good News! You will continue to get Social Security. Just don’t lose your card as they are not issuing any right now.

6.  The IRS has suspended all audits! More time to hide stuff!

7.  Number of furloughed government employees? Estimates are 800,000 to 1 million.

8.  Congress ( and the President) will continue to get paid. (Saw that one coming).

9.  If the shutdown continues into October the money helping wounded Veterans will run out. This could have an effect on more than 3.6 million veterans. My Dad was a vet and this is unacceptable. Oh, but they will still have the money for their tombstones.

10.  The odds are that this will not last long. Most of theses shutdowns (there have been 17) only last a matter of days. The longest recorded was 21 days. Here’s to hoping Congress can get it together. I hear one of the holdups is they do not want to fund ‘Obamacare.”

Link:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/09/29/questions-and-answers-about-the-shutdown/2888419/

If you are wondering why I all of a sudden went into politics (which I normally hate) I just couldn’t resist this story. Also no good trials right now.

Dr. Robert Geffner, University President…

Dr. Robert Geffner is the President of  Alliant International University’s Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma. Sounds impressive…until you read the reviews of this establishment from students:


Some excerpts:

  1. From “gradaiu”:  “It’s difficult to write a review… I’m in the computer lab and the computers are about 7 years old. Most of the Professors are too busy to give you the time of day. A lot of the Professors are graduates of the school who couldn’t get a job anywhere else. Most of the classes are in portables. …going here…it’s $40,000 a year. Students aren’t here to learn they are here to pay tuition. I went into my program with an open heart and an eagerness for my subject and this school could have cared less.”
  2. Bette (Who re-located from Texas to San Diego): “I have never been more miserable in my life. It’s overpriced and the faculty and staff only seem concerned about $ and getting their names out there.”
  3. AiuScrewU:  The professors literally do not have any impressive backgrounds, unless you are sincerely interested in over-diagnosis, and criminal justice- if you believe sick criminals can be completely rehabilitated and can live in your neighborhood free of government pressure, then this is the place for you. Alliant Int. University is officially a scam…”
  4. Unhappy @Alliant: “I don’t know whether I am more annoyed at choosing this university over others, or at the marketing dept for putting up false reviews.”
  5. Valerie Christine:  (She wrote an extremely interesting long version of complaints you may want to check out.) “For your own sake AVOID this school…do what it takes to get into a REAL school.”

I looked at over 62 reviews. There are several good reviews, but the majority are scathing. Check it out for yourself at: