However, they got a big jolt because of two major events that thwarted their plans. First, in those days the Social Security and Veterans checks were mailed and not direct deposited. The Government Printing Office, where I worked as a senior contracting official, had the responsibility for those contracts. The first shutdown attempt was quickly dropped as soon as the news broke that seniors would not be getting their Social Security checks. When the radical Republicans made the second attempt, it was about the time Veterans checks were to be mailed. This second attempt also failed, and President Clinton had the upper hand in dealing with his opponents. Americans would not stand for hostage style tactics from their representatives in those days, and neither do they want those tactics to be used today.