Allow me to spread my Libertarian/Anarchist wings for a minute.
As we enter Day 1 of "Government Shutdown 2013" (cue scary music and graphics of D.C. on fire), contrary to the hyperbole, your Federal Government is still humming along.
MILLIONS of "essential" workers at the job, doing what they should be doing and getting paid for it. So what's the problem? All the "non-essential" workers, services and departments are closed as our broken system plays out the crisis du jour.
My unbridled joy at the Government shutting down has nothing to do with the implementation of Obamacare or hatred for the President, rather a consistent and long held belief that "government", (especially on the Federal side) is too big, too expensive and stopped serving the citizens long ago.
Instead, one could argue that all these "non-essential" employees and this "discretionary" spending that is on hold could be cut forever. I'm waiting for someone to show me exactly where the Constitution mandated the Federal Government to become the world's largest jobs program. Still waiting.
I'll admit it can't be done overnight… (until I'm elected King), and there would be pain, but we would all share in it. I'm willing to give up my favorite "non-essential" Government thingy… whatever it is, and you will have to give up yours.
How we return the Federal Government to a manageable size is the challenge since there aren't many politicians who will actually vote to give anyone anything less if it costs them even one vote. So sequesters, debt limit fights and government shutdowns may be the best (and only) way we can ever reduce the size and scope of a Federal Government run amok.
So don't throw me in with the people fretting and hand wringing over the loss of these non-essential jobs and discretionary spending programs and instead I challenge everyone to ask the question, "if it's not essential", why is the Federal Goverment doing it"?
- Bruce: Uh, yay? Feds return to work
- Sen. Flake: Nobody wanted to see US default
- Parties bicker over blame for parks shutdown
- Brewer: State will fund Grand Canyon again
- Ariz. House GOP: Easier to work with Clinton
- Canyon closure benefited other sites
- Border agents' rep worries about retention
- Monument closing hits Coolidge hard
- Shutdown idles workers at bottom of Canyon
- Hope, skepticism linger about parks
- House GOP, White House seek end to fight
- Feds to let states pay to open parks
- St. James: Shut 'er down for good! Please!
- Dozer: Long shutdown will cost Boehner
- McMahon: If broken, why not recall it?
- Town OKs funds to try to reopen Canyon
- Federal government shut down over budget
- Shutdown impacts thousands in Arizona
- Brewer rejected in offer to reopen Canyon
- State not allowed to fund Canyon reopening
- Grand Canyon closes as part of fed shutdown
- Furloughed workers protest at Luke AFB
- Some immigration courts closed in Arizona
- More than 400 furloughed at Luke AFB
- Stanton: Gov't shutdown no time for politics
- Rep. Salmon requests suspended pay
- Brewer: Arizona can't bail out federal gov't
- Sen. Jeff Flake tweets about shutdown
- Bruce: Lots of 'non-essential' employees
- Brewer warns of shutdown-related problems
- Arizona staffers to work through shutdown
- TTT: Wrong people paying for shutdown
- Navajo Nation parks open during shutdown
- Timeline: Congress' path to federal shutdown
- Despite shutdown, lawmakers still get check
- Obama's unlikely ally: big business
- WW: Don't let shutdown ruin fall plans
- IRS: No tax refunds in shutdown
- Gov't shutdown closes parks, monuments
- Gov't shutdown's hit magnified for tribes
- Shutdown leaves thousands in DC in limbo
- Vets pass barriers at closed WWII Memorial
- Colbert uses 'Breaking' to mock shutdown
- Obama hits 'ideological crusade' in shutdown
- Obama shortens Asia trip due to shutdown
- Businesses worry about prolonged shutdown
- World fears economic shutdown ripple
- Are founders to blame for shutdown?
- US budget deadlock spooks investors
- King: Cruz GOPers want to 'hijack' GOP
- Conservative group airing ads on shutdown
- Stop being stupid, voters tweet to Congress
- Impasse leads to gov't shutdown (PICS)