Pop-Up Post: Shut It Down!

An employee hangs a sign on the door of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington on November 14, 1995, marking the start of the government shutdown.

Is a government shut down on the horizon? (Doug Mills/AP)

Only one week remains before the U.S. federal government faces yet another possible shut down. Why? Because true to form, Republicans and Democrats cannot agree on a damn thing.

It’s the same old song-and-dance, of course, but one that I as an American am getting pretty tired of hearing.

Oh, how I long for the days when the government served the people rather than the special interests of every jackass politician in Washington. People seem much more focused on their own needs than those of the citizens they were elected to serve. And instead of collaboration, teamwork and actually doing what needs to get done, politicians would rather bicker and whine about everything that crosses their desk.

It’s enough to get Americans packing as they seek out a country—and a government—that is less contentious and more helpful… a government that functions more as it was intended to function, in other words.

Does such a government exist, though? I seriously doubt it, so perhaps a different approach is needed.

I say shut the federal government down, but only after you lower the salaries and “kickbacks” to politicians so they can actually experience what the rest of us experience… for a change.

The economy is slowly turning around, more people are being employed and generally, things seem to be looking up in this country. Granted, we still have a ways to go, but we seem to be off to a good start.

Or at least we did.

I know the feeling (Some E-cards)

A government shut down would erase all this progress and replace it with a host of other issues: closed national parks, furloughs for federal workers, no gun permits (which actually seems like a good thing), the inability to obtain a passport for international travel and much more.

Of course, the biggest consequence will be financial. During the two previous shut downs in 1995 and 1996, the cost of getting our government back up and running was roughly $1.4 billion.

Does this seem like an amount our struggling economy can afford to lose, especially with millions of people out of work and fighting for their day-to-day survival?

We all know the answer to that question. I only hope our elected officials can figure it out before they dig the hole a little deeper for the rest of us.

Posted on September 24, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I agree on the jackass correlation for Congress…or us it synonym? Sometimes, I feel like only another Civil War can cure the insanity.

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