“Gentlemen, you see that in the anarchy in which we live, society manages much as before. Take care, if our disputes last too long, that the people do not come to think that they can very easily do without us.”
Benjamin Franklin on Government Shutdowns to the Constitutional Convention 1787
I drove by the Bolling Federal Building today in downtown KCMO and didn’t see the place boarded up. I even stopped for a bit and noticed that people were coming and going and the parking lot wasn’t empty.
Could that be because in actuality less that 20% of the Federal Government workforce has actually been furloughed?
As with everything else perpetrated by Media/Government- the “so-called” government shutdown is a fraud. Unless it’s a part of the government you may actually use, like parks and monuments, it’s probably still open.
In short, it’s the “Ruling Elite” that is most threatened by a government shutdown. Because what does a bureaucrat really do besides read and write reports? They do little to create wealth (other than their own) and, for the most part, just confiscate the fruits of other people’s labor and make up rules and regulations to justify their existence.
Those “draconian” spending cuts happened months ago and I don’t see where any of the “dire predictions” sold to us by the powers that be have come to pass. If anything, the sequester may have saved us from a war in Syria, due to the cuts in the Pentagon’s budget. There’s just not a lot of money left over to play “World Cop” with… and that’s a GOOD thing.
Of course, the Army, Navy and Air Force football team will all be playing this weekend.
I say leave this “shutdown” in place.
If nothing else, it’s a hoot watching the Democrats tell everyone the sky is falling, as most people see that everything is muddling along as usual for the most part. The Benjamin Franklin – who would probably be being held in Guantanamo Bay awaiting trial for terrorism if he were alive today – quoted above is very prescient.
The “Power’s That Be” are on the road to becoming the “Power’s That Were.”
Government has become overly intrusive, burdensome, inefficient and debt ridden. What does it do anymore except stand in the way of progress and spy on its citizens?
I’ve been walking by the same water leak for THREE YEARS bubbling up onto the asphalt on a street near my house. I don’t think my Municipal Government is ever going to fix it.
Any more than that the Federal Government is ever going to end poverty or win the War on Drugs.
Government shouldn’t do any more than provide a national defense, regulate commerce and restrain people from hurting one another. How many more years have to pass and trillions of dollars spent on these paper-pushing Leviathans in DC and State Capitols before they destroy this GREAT COUNTRY?
I can only hope that the System collapses under its own weight. Which is what has happened to every other government throughout history that has not lived within its means and became embroiled in becoming an Empire.