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The sky is falling! The sky is falling! OMG the Government is shut down!!! What will we do? We’re all going to die! It’s the end of the world! We’ll be invaded!!! Veterans will die! People will go hungry!! Planes will blow up! Crops will fail! The sun will explode!
Are you personally affected by the “Government Shutdown?” I am certainly not the tiniest bit concerned. Actually, my outlook is great and my general demeanor is exceptionally upbeat! I find myself humming the Beatles hit tune “Let it Be” but thinking the words “Shut ‘er down.”
Obviously, the media wants us to believe it will be all the calamities listed above, and more. Why? Because when one has no legitimate, logical argument, one must distract with fear and doubt. The boogie man is coming.
We all know that the Liberal, Socialist, Left redefines words to their agenda. When they say “shut down,” they think “not operating at its maximum capacity.” But what they want us to hear is the traditional meaning of “completely inoperable, stopped.” So they do, and we do…
Have you ever looked at what a government “shut down” really means? The technical definition is that the House, the holder of the government’s purse strings, must approve (perhaps “release” would be easier to understand) the actual spending of the money, BEFORE it may be spent. They also “bracket” time-frame during which the money may be spent – not before such and such date and not after such and such date. That is what is causing the shutdown issue we are having today.
Obviously, the people we elect are currently too busy conducting the business of government that they cannot be bothered with conducting the business of government. Over the years they have broken the budgeting and appropriating process into pieces. The various agencies and departments have been separated into groups, to spread the task out so the poor representatives don’t have work so hard all at one time. That allows them to argue the budget/appropriation process throughout the year in smaller pieces. (Not to mention, they will ALWAYS having some part of the process handy to enable a “shut down” like this one at any time they want one.) Right now, some of those littler pieces have reached the ends of their appropriated spending time. If they have money, they have run out of time, and if they have time, they have run out of money. Their spending has “expired.” Not for all of them, but for some of them.
You now know what has happened to create the current end-of-the-world and life-as-we-know-it catastrophe we call Government Shutdown.
“So what?” you ask. And I would answer, “Exactly.”
It may disappoint you to know that this process, although it is immoral, outrageous, unmanageable, filled with graft and collusion, and susceptible to untraceable corruption, it is one of the few enumerated duties of the Federal Government found in the Constitution that our government actually does.
What it is and (generally) how it works is actually one of the checks and balances of our form of government. The fact that it happens should NOT strike fear into the hearts of We The People. To the contrary. It should comfort us to know that the government is working as designed. If there is something of significance and/or importance within this interruption, we can trust that it will eventually get resolved.
So, let’s talk about this current end-of-the-world life-threatening “shut down.” What government activities, services, or problem-solving are actually being stopped because they ran out of time or money?
There are two answers to that question. One, you won’t like, and the other one is incomplete.
Our Federal Government is truly SO VAST, the first answer is, “Nothing.” If the government wants to do something or have something done, there is no person, no process, nothing that can stop it. If it cannot be done by the organization currently doing it, it will be assigned to a different organization. Whatever it takes.
But the second answer is even worse. If there is an advantage to the government to stop doing something or having something done (temporarily) it will suddenly become a part of a (dun, dun, dunnnnn) Government Shutdown. Here is what is in the current shutdown: (Please excuse my editorial comments.)
I am sure there are other impacts from other activities, but this list supposedly includes all of the significant problems associated with THIS shutdown. Can we do it, folks? Can we cinch up our belts and overcome the hardship caused by all of these issues? Can we survive the daily threats to our well-being, nay, our lives resulting from the incessant attacks?
Conspicuously absent are the things that are ABSOLUTELY NOT AFFECTED by the shutdown, such as:
These areas are significant because they can be more easily be blown out of proportion and are more useful in tugging at our sensibilities and our hearts. The Mueller Investigation? Really?
My list of likely places that money could be saved doesn’t look anything like the old standard targets. Why don’t we shut down some of these “other” departments or agencies? A few that come to mind:
All in all, I really see no reason to react in any way to the government shutdown. I say, “Ride this pony until she drops.”
The President calls Congress a bunch of lying hypocrites and Congress says the President is just throwing a tizzy-fit.
They are BOTH acting like petulant children only to gain OUR attention and, thereby draw us to their support.
The issue is the wall. The shutdown is simply a diversionary tactic.
Resolving the shutdown will not protect our freedom, our sovereignty, or our safety, but building a wall will go a LONG way.