By Giethner's and Obama's own admission, there is no money to pay Social Security benifits if the Government is shutdown. That means that all the money in the Social Security Trust Fund has been lent to the government, in the form of non-interest bearing IOU's. Thus the National Debt is really 59 Trillion low end. That is 14 Trillion on the debt clock,PLUS 45 Trillion of the Social Security Trust Fund Monies. If there is no money to pay Social Security Benifits regardless of whether the Government is running or not that means there is NO Monies in the Social Securtiy Trust fund. It has all been lent to Government. No Benifits means there is no money in the S.S. Trust fund,since it a seperate entity. The 45 Trillion is gone, not there, can't get any monies passed through to it from the Government. If there was money in S.S. it could continue to operate whether the government is open of closed, if Social Security is really a seperate entity.
that is ok. see UUP, it is bleeding down. Fed will print dollar out of thin air to destroy people's wealth. that is my cue to beg my boss to layoff me and go get my unemployment benefit check. why not, it is free money. :)