Today, thousands of federal government employees were furloughed, the White House ordered federal department agencies to wind down operations and many nonessential services were scaled back because Washington ran out of money to pay for these (questionable) functions of government.
The way the mainstream media, public officials and the government itself portrayed the shutdown it would appear that the sky has fallen and the United States can no longer continue on with its day-to-day tasks. According to bureaucrats, pundits and politicos, the economy cannot function properly and millions of Americans will be hurt because they can’t be taken care of by our masters.
But what will actually be affected over the course of the next week or so? Well, the National Zoo’s panda cam will be temporarily shut down, while small businesses contracted by the government can’t receive checks in the meantime. Oh, and some federal workers are contemplating bankruptcy because they’re being furloughed for a short period of time – there will be no need for invidious remarks at this time.
Instead of being enraged by a government shutdown, the American people should rejoice and realize that they don’t need Democrats and Republicans to look after them. What’s interesting is that perusing numerous articles everywhere from CNN to Politico will highlight how gigantic the federal government is. It is actually quite sad.
Akin to the sequester – a move that was supposedly a cut in spending which was actually a $110 billion increase and a slash in the rate of spending increases – this entire political theater is doggerel and meretricious because it just comes to show that the government spends the taxpayers’ money on frivolous endeavors and intervenes itself into areas of the economy and lives that it shouldn’t.
Although it very unlikely it will happen, this week will be great a moment to showcase the unnecessary involvement of the federal government – also a time to realize that eventually this government shutdown will be applied to all facets of the government, especially considering it has a $17 trillion national debt and $122 trillion in unfunded liabilities and expenditures (shush, nobody wants to tackle that behemoth of a problem).
President Obama and the Republican leadership like to make the matter about Obamacare, but what should be understood is that this more than just a disastrous healthcare reform law that benefits no one and will turn the U.S. into a part-time jobs nation. It is about what the role of government ought to be and how the U.S. became such a debtor nation.
The warfare-welfare state has become a major part of the federal government. Many people are right to be upset that defense contracts aren’t being touched in this shutdown, but a nutrition program for poor mothers is being affected. The solution to this would be: no more wars, no more foreign intervention and stop meddling into the affairs of the general public. A program like food stamps should be handled by friends, families, charities and even churches, while controlling national parks should be handled by the private sector and philanthropic organizations.
Remember, the most dangerous words in the English language: Hi, I’m from the government and I’m here to help. Maintaining and increasing the welfare state will not help the most vulnerable in our society, but, due to the track record of a monolithic bureaucracy, will only hurt them. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.