Always be closing

A little at a time, then a little more, until we get a handle on the situation:

A lot of ink and a great many pixels have been lavished on a phantasm: the “government shutdown.” Whenever Congress bestirs itself to limit federal spending in any way, we’re threatened with a “government shutdown” … as if the federal government would ever willingly shut down 100%. Note that in each of the “government shutdowns” of recent years, approximately 85% of all federal employees have remained at their jobs, guaranteed to be paid their full salaries.

The most recent “government shutdown” frightened Americans so little that Barack Hussein Obama had to make it irritating: he instructed Parks Department employees to prevent access to any federal park or monument, even though the Parks Department remained open and functioning.

Clearly, the “shutdown” wasn’t frightening enough … yet the phrase “government shutdown” remains a scare-staple of the Establishment, particularly among Democrats. They want us to think that calamity of some sort will ensue should we dare to deny them what they demand. It just isn’t so. In reality, the fear runs in the opposite direction: The Establishment and its minions fear that we’ll discover that we don’t need them and in fact would do better without them.

The phrase that pays here is “particularly among Democrats.” This implies that there are co-conspirators who are not Democrats at all. And when the chips hit the fan, it’s all the same, red or blue, Coke or Pepsi, VHS or Beta.


  1. McG »

    22 June 2017 · 3:59 pm

    One of the Clinton-era shutdowns saw Mrs. McG and her colleagues, deemed “essential”, continuing to work but unsure when or if they’d be paid.

    They were. She’s not in an AFGE shop but I’m sure quite a few “essential” employees are.

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  3. Mark Alger »

    25 June 2017 · 10:24 pm

    I can’t help thinking a significant number of Americans — particularly among taxpayers — look on a government shut down the way a fifth grader looks on a snow day. “Oh, geeze. Not again! Yay! No school!” Not even caring that they’ll have to make up the days missed at the end of the school year.

    Shut down? Good, I say. Shut it down for good and all.


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