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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Updated Oct 2, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Just how many "non-essential" employees does the Government need?

A National Park Service employee exits the courtyard of Independence Hall in view of a posted sign saying the facility is shut down at Independence National Historical Park Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Philadelphia. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800, 000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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"?

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I may not be a native, but I've been in Arizona long enough to forget what it's like back East. I moved to Tucson in the 5th grade where I graduated high school and attended the UofA. The radio bug hit me early and I was a DJ at the age of 17 in Tucson. Besides being on-air at times, my main career focus has been the behind-the-scenes programming of radio stations. I have an extensive background in music radio, in addition to working at and/or running some of the biggest and most influential radio stations in America. My radio career took me to Los Angeles, San Diego and then back to Phoenix. The chance to be back on-air, and to do it at 92.3 KTAR, was too good to pass up… so here we are! Weekends are usually reserved for racing as I own and drive my own dirt track Sprint Car all over the country. I am unmarried (never have been), childless (that I'm aware of) and don't even have any pets at this point. I do own 1 plant but the fact it has survived this long without watering leads me to believe it may be plastic. I love what I do and enjoy hosting a talk radio show for people who don't like "talk radio".

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