We Aren’t Lucky Enough for a Government Shut Down

Via The Daily Bell

Oh no! Another looming “government shutdown,” what are we going to do?!

We should be so lucky.

People talk about bipartisanship like it’s a good thing. But the point of Congress was never to get stuff done. The point was the make sure that only important stuff got done.

President Calvin Coolidge said, “It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.”

Bipartisanship got the U.S. $20 trillion in debt. Bipartisanship got wars in the middle east, NSA spying, a trillion dollar per year welfare state, and yearly deficits from $450 billion to $1.4 trillion. (Fun fact: the fiscal year 2017 budget deficit was $666 billion.)

If the government actually “shut down” the American people might actually get some relief.

The Washington Post offers this analysis:

Trying to fund the government on a budget is hard. Trying to fund the government under a strict budget law that automatically cuts spending anytime you break your budget is nearly impossible.

That’s why both sides say it’s a priority to find a way to lift mandatory spending cuts put in place with the 2011 budget deal. But Republicans are focused on raising the limits for military spending to give Trump his requested increase of about $100 billion. Democrats are demanding a dollar-for-dollar raise on domestic spending, too.

Really? Hard? Impossible? What is the plan here? To keep this fantasy going until it all collapses?

Members of Congress talk tough trying to strong arm the other side into accepting their preferred version of bloated oversized government.

Democrats insist that more disaster relief funds go to states and territories affected by last year’s hurricanes and wildfires. They also want to use their votes as leverage to protect illegal immigrants minors from deportation.

Trump, on the other hand, insists on funding for a border wall in exchange for letting “dreamers” stay in the country. America has the largest military budget on earth, the size of the next ten countries combined. Yet Trump also insists this budget item needs to grow.

No one is interested in going through the government and finding redundant and unneeded programs to cut. No one wants to trim expenditures, tighten the belt, or root out waste. This despite trillions of dollars of spending from various agencies spent without any accounting record of what that money paid for.

But there is another take here. These Senators and Representatives obviously think their jobs are very important and the government is quite necessary. Yet they are willing to deny Americans the alleged lifeblood of society for a few measly concessions?

As a South Park character says in one episode, “We’re the USDA! Without us, people would be eating dirt… and chairs.”

Politicians’ actions betray the truth. Either their behavior is an unacceptable hostage situation of the American people. They are holding the American people, who need the government, for ransom.

Or it is the temper tantrum of bratty children.

Either way, they should all be fired. They should be sent to their rooms, and never allowed to run for public office again. And we can go on without a functioning government until after the midterm elections.

Unfortunately, that won’t happen. They will either reach a bipartisan agreement that is terrible for the American people, or the government will “shut down” until they do. “Shut down” truly meaning furlough fewer than a third of government employees, who will all get back pay once the issue is resolved.

Like the “shut down” in 2013, they might even spend more money closing down open-air parks and monuments, just to make their point to the American people.

This government will lumber on no matter what the clowns in Congress do.

Comments

New_Meat Jan 13, 2018 12:38 PM Permalink

The Donald tried with the budget show--the one with seats for Chuck'n'Nancy that were prominently empty.  I wonder when the temper tantrums will become ineffective, many parents figger out that ignoring the tantrum works best.

We are doubly unfortunate, since the paid vacations for the .gov employees (I hesitate to say "workers") comes at a crappy time in the global warming cycle.  Maybe they can all go infest Florida? ;-)

Thugocracy Jan 13, 2018 4:45 PM Permalink

To keep this fantasy going until it all collapses. Yes. All Progressive countries do it. Argentina is trying to dig out of its third collapse in fifty years. Party until the credit card is maxed out and the eating out of dumpsters begins.

AKKadian Jan 13, 2018 4:45 PM Permalink

This should be done as an experiment. See what happens for 6 months. Congress goes home. Let the world see what happens when there is no FEDERAL gov. It would be a great experiment. Let us pray.!!!

NoBillsOfCredit Jan 13, 2018 5:51 PM Permalink

The amazing thing is they would "shut down" the government for lack of paper or electronic I.O.U. nothings that they can create in unlimited quantities! Calling a FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE a "dollar" is like calling shit "Shine-Ola". If the law or statute says "dollar" then it does not mean Bankster slave script. "No State shall ... coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts;..." https://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_A1Sec10.html Note: Bills of Credit are what they called paper money. The founders never conceived that the people would be so stupid as to accept worthless paper script as a substitute for gold or silver coin. Since the government are a bunch of crooks and won't fix the problem, the people have their own cryptographic solution.

Victory_Garden Jan 13, 2018 8:50 PM Permalink

EVERY NORMAL AMERICAN MUST DO ALL THEY CAN TO VOTE OUT THE EVIL INCUMBENTS THAT ARE ANTI-AMERICAN AND TOTAL OBSTRUCTIONISTS OF WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE MANDATED FOR AMERICA. OUT DEMONS, OUT!

Here’s the deal for ALL incumbent democommiecrat and rino repugnantans.:

You will ALL vote for a border security wall; a total and immediate end of lottery and chain migration; and an e-verify for employers. The trade off is for the amnesty of the adult DACA aliens. THESE CONCESSIONS FROM THE DEMOCOMMIECRATS AND RINOS, AND ONLY ALL THESE CONCESSIONS, WILL BE THE ONLY TERMS THAT WILL BE ACCEPTED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. NO LESS, NO MORE. IF THE GOVT IS SHUT DOWN, IT WILL ONLY BE THE FAULT OF THE DEMOCOMMIECRATS/RINOS WHO MEAN TO CREATE THE COUNTRYWIDE CHAOS.

If the democrats and any republicans dare to vote against these things that the American People want very badly, you can make a for sure bet that the nation’s ANGRY RISE UP for the insolence and malfeasance in not voting to help the USA and all her people, will be among the last things these evil contemptuous SATANIC/LUCIFERIC communists will ever do in govt. This, along with all the other obstructionism, will not be forgotten. In fact, at election time, it will ALL be highlighted like never before. In the Light, Americans will plainly HEAR and SEE the evil traitors and every bit of evil anti-American things they have said, and done. BET ON IT!

DOES THAT RING A BELL? NOW HEAR IT AGAIN.: It will be a small amount of time before November gets here and then every single one of the democrats WILL BE VOTED OUT, along with any rinos or republicans that do not go along with the mandate to protect the borders, and to protect the American People, as set forth by the American People in last year’s vote. The American people are sick-n-farkin tired of the idiocy of anti-Americanism and doing moar for the illegal aliens, than they are for the American People.

 

By their words, deeds, and actions, you will KNOW THEM.

 

 

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helloimjohnnycat Jan 14, 2018 6:32 AM Permalink

zhids rule you.

all talk, too little action against them.

instead, 90 + % of the suffering sheep will continue to max out the ol' CC, drink, smoke, take drugs, over eat, worship sports niggers, gamble, and consume joo-hollywood propaganda while continuing to vote for crooks.

since any & all pols win by majority vote and the results continue to give us  the same ol' same old,  the only alternate choices are a violent uprising ( a total losing event ), or not voting.

all votes for either side do nothing but condone the broken system.

if the electeds will not work FOR us & abide by The Constitution ( yeah, fat chance ), then it is our responsibility to protect ourselves.

why let these people ruin our lives ?

why give anyone another chance ?

game over !

life is short enough as it is, and by the time anyone has lived for 50 or more, there's not much left.

geekz_rule Jan 14, 2018 8:49 AM Permalink

#IllusionOfParticipation will be maintained at any cost, so that the 1% inbred parasites may continue to enjoy their lives of leisure at your expense.

 

#HostLife - The people have been turned into "hosts" (a food source - rent payers) for the 1% inbred parasites (leeches - rent collectors) through the re-establishment of the "West Virginia Coal Mine Experience"™ (circa 1900). By quietly monopolizing necessities (food, water, shelter, utilities), by debt expansion, and by wage suppression: we now work in the company "mines" (cube farms, whatever), live in the company housing (mortgage), shop in the company store (credit card debt), pay MONOPOLY prices for necessities. Cradle to grave slavery to the "Nanny" Corporations (all owned at the top by Banksters)

skipweston Jan 14, 2018 9:57 AM Permalink

The USA Empire is declining at a rapid rate.  Most of the politicians have no clue a Economic Collapse is coming. Because they have been stealing from US Treasury for decades.  They believe the free money will never end until it does. Once the Treasury is empty the politicians will leave DC never to return.  Then the Citizens will rebuild America

Kagemusho Jan 14, 2018 11:10 AM Permalink

I was a fed worker during the 1995 shutdown. You wanna know what happened? The managers put the known workhorses (like me) in temporary charge of operations and they let the fuckups have a 2 week unpaid vacation.

The real workers, the Paredo 20%ers, had a bigger workload to deal with, but being the real workers, they got it done.

After the end of the 2 weeks the fuckups were brought back, and of course efficiency suffered.  I got a lot more done than I ever had when they furloughed my Black, female trouble-causing 'partner' (who was usually absent for 3 hours out of every 8 hour shift anyway) and got much less done when they brought her back.

I left Fed service at the end of that year, as  the big bosses were talking automation; the writing was on the wall but people like my 'partner' were fundamentally incapable of reading that writing, much less reading, period.

My point? Nothing will change with a so-called 'shutdown' until there really IS an honest-to-God fuckin' SHUTDOWN, and everyone is sent home.

optimator Jan 14, 2018 7:06 PM Permalink

The last time they had a Government Shut Down?  No one noticed, less traffic on the road was the only clue.  They opened up again pretty fast.