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The healthcare law paves the way for yet another federal government shutdown The Republicans came down hard on the Obama government as they demandedthat certain provisions in the Obama healthcare law be defunded in order to prevent a government shutdown. The house further voted to repeal a tax levied on medical devices and delay the implementation of the proposed healthcare law by at least a year. While the Republicans prepare to send the bill to the Senate with the hope that it will be passed many, however, believe that a shutdown is most likely. In such a case several thousands of federal workers will work without paychecks and the nonessential workers are likely to face a furlough. The House Republicans have also passed a bill that guaranteed paychecks to military personal in case of a shutdown. While several Republican representatives including Darell Isa, who is a powerful committee chairman, believe that a suitable compromise could be reached at, many others believe that a shutdown is inevitable as the senate Democrats were not willing to make any changes to the healthcare law. The Republicans on the other hand were still unable to arrive at a compromise. In response to the present situation the White House has issued a clear statement that a shutdown would be inevitable if members of the Republican Party vote for the bill and that the President would veto the same if passed by the Senate. Senior Republican members still bear the hope that at least the tax repeal would be accepted by the Senate of not for the one year delay in implementing the healthcare law. On the other hand Democrats believe that the Republicans are making futile and unnecessary attempts to thwart one of the most significant achievements of the Obama government. While similar attempts made by the Republicans during a previous shutdown paved the way for a re-election of the then President Bill Clinton, in the present scenario they believe that their strategy would prevent them from facing any unwarranted effects. Few lessons learnt from previous shutdowns Despite several previous shutdowns that have occurred in the US government, many leaders who were part of those shutdowns fail to recollect the reasons that paved the way for a closure. However, these shutdowns have mostly ended in amicable compromises between the parties involved. Critics believe that the current scenario is also pretty much similar to the conditions that existed during the previous shutdown crisis that occurred in the year 1995-96. However, while the previous shutdown ended in tax and budget changes which were accepted by the bipartisan, many believe that the present scenario is unlikely to result in such compromises as the partisan divides have become deeper. In addition the Senate has also expressed its displeasure and is unlikely to work towards a compromise. During the previous shutdowns the government did pass bills that kept the finances afloat for major areas within the government and such bills have not been passed in the present case. Issues pertaining to government spending have occurred since the 1970s between the Congress and the ruling White House and most of the shutdowns since then have been initiated by budget and other issues such as Medicare premiums. The present scenario is based on a key legislative issue with the Republicans waging a battle to deprive finances for the healthcare law of the President. However, while the republican members in the previous shutdown were united for their cause which was led by their speaker Newt Gingrich, the present leader of the Republican Party Mitch McConnell is torn between members who are willing to give a stiff fight and those ready to give up the battle. With this divided group the leader is unable to bring about a consensus within his own party. Thus it still remains a wait and watch situation even though a shutdown is more likely expected by several critics and top bureaucrats of the government. Whether any compromise will be made in the last minute or the shutdown will ensue harming the careers of several thousands of people will have to be seen. The current trends in applying for a job Networking is here to stay. While job seekers in the past relied on paper resumes and attended interviews in person the current trend has seen sweeping changes in applying for new jobs. Previously employers relied on emails to look at the online portfolios of their candidates, the current trends in social networking has gone up even further. Social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook have opened up newer ways by which employers can research their potential employees. It is up to the employees to present themselves in good light in these sites and thereby impress their potential employers. Offering tips on the influence of such networks when job seekers apply for jobs is Eilene Zimmerman who participated in a Qamp.A session which was part of the ‘How I Hire’ feature in LinkedIn Influencer. She patiently offered answers to many job seekers who have suffered rejection and question the authenticity and usefulness of these social networking sites. In response to one of the queries Ms. Zimmerman states that social networking has emerged as one of the best ways to find job most suited to your qualification and experience. This in addition to making telephonic contacts and in person meetings will increase the chances of finding a good job. She suggests establishing contacts with employees of potential companies as they would be in a position to offer firsthand information about the work culture and general environment of the company. In addition it also pays when u seek employment after thoroughly researching the company and knowing valuable information about the same. Ms. Zimmerman also offered valuable tips on how to follow-up after submitting an application and if rejected request the company for a reason as it will provide good suggestions for further improvement. References Steinhauer, J. (2013). Last Shutdown a Lesson Lost on Capitol Hill. The New York Times. Retrieved 5 October, 2013, from The New York Times. (2013). Ask a Question about Job Hunting. The New York Times. Retrieved 5 October, 2013, from Weisman, J amp. Peters J. W. (2013). U.S. Shutdown Nears as House Votes to Delay Health Law. The New York Times. Retrieved 5 October, 2013, from