Can This Happen, Please? Maybe Without Washington “Taking Care Of Us” People Will Figure Out How To Do A Few Things For Themselves




” Any number of grandstanding D.C. types have now magnanimously declared that they will not accept those portions of their $174,000 salaries that might come during a possible government shutdown. The question is why they get paid the rest of the time.

If Congress had passed an actual FY 2014 budget back in the spring like they were supposed to, the federal government would not be on the verge of losing its spending authority. If Congress could manage its finances like you and I have to do, it would not be desperately seeking yet another increase in the phony “debt ceiling,” which is not a ceiling at all but merely an occasional to schedule another vote to raise said “ceiling.”

If you can get paid for perpetrating this kind of fraud on a regular basis, you are no hero for eschewing a paycheck when you spend a few days tripping over your own dereliction of duty.

That said, shut the thing down.

Lefties shriek that we just don’t realize how many essential things the government does. They inspect the meat! They control the air traffic! They fix the highways! They control disease! You don’t want to do without any of that, do you? 

Yes, it’s true that we rely on the federal government to do many things. But it’s also true that in many cases we would be better off if we did not, and necessity is the mother of invention. If the most inefficient, political, self-serving institution has been providing you with bread since long before anyone can remember, and then one day the institution grinds to a halt . . . flour, yeast, hey Bob, I think we’ve got something here! Add a little oil and you can make pizza dough! Why were we paying those people? “



Illustration by AF Branco