Shutdown shows little is “essential”

What have you learned from the government shutdown?

I’ve learned I wouldn’t have noticed it at all if I didn’t hear people commenting about it.

I probably wouldn’t notice or care if the federal government really shut down for good and took the state and local governments with it into the dustbin of history. I expect that if I did notice, it would be like noticing a cool, refreshing breeze bringing a spring shower, or the way you can suddenly realize a nagging headache has gone away.

This is because I know what government purports to provide, and I know the market can provide those things better, when they are needed at all.

I am also prepared to do without those things that are unlikely to ever be replaced.

I welcome liberty.

However, I realize I am not typical.

I also learned that those who control the federal government are vindictive, and organized the “shutdown” to precisely target those who still support them.

I learned that “essential” doesn’t mean what politicians think it means. Isn’t it funny that it seems to be only the non-essential government functions that hurt “the people” when taken away?

If the IRS (apparently considered essential, judging by the fact they weren’t included in the shutdown) went away, no one but those employees and their families would even notice, much less be hurt.

Park rangers are “non-essential” according to those who orchestrated the shutdown, at least in their normal capacity. It seems odd to me that armed guards to keep people out of parks, and terrorize those evil vacationers who dare visit or take photos of their own National Park property without an official welcome are apparently essential — even though that job didn’t exist until the government shutdown.

Isn’t making up numerous new jobs the opposite of shutting down?

It seems the only people out of a job because of the shutdown are those who will be missed by the most people. It’s almost as if the administration intentionally decided to use Americans as pawns, and cause them the most possible pain, to coerce them into putting pressure on Congress to negotiate with a terrorist … I mean, to give the president everything he wants.

To prevent this ever happening again I would suggest the best course of action is for everyone to choose a private sector job, but even that doesn’t guarantee job security, as demonstrated by the recent closure of Portales’ Sunland Peanuts.

And government had nothing to do with that. Oh, wait …


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