Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. –H.L. Mencken
With the fake “fiscal cliff” propaganda over with, the federal government is now nearing the fake “debt ceiling”. There is talk of minting trillion dollar platinum coins as a solution, support for a shutdown by some, and all kinds of propaganda and FUD.
First off, as with everything the government does, it’s all fake. Just as “spending cuts” don’t actually mean cuts to spending, shutdown doesn’t mean the government stops its malevolence.
Of the last 17 “shutdowns“, the longest was a mere 21 days before an agreement was reached and leviathan got back to 100% carnage again.
And what does actually “shutdown” during these periods?
While not comprehensive, here is just a short list of some things:
* Medicare: Some 400,000 newly eligible Medicare recipients were delayed in applying for the program.
* Social Security: Claims from 112,000 new Social Security applicants were not processed. 212,000 new or replacement Social Security cards were not issued. 360,000 office visits were denied. 800,000 toll-free calls for information were not answered.
* Healthcare: New patients were not accepted into clinical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical center. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ceased disease surveillance and hotline calls to NIH concerning diseases were not answered.
* Environment: Toxic waste clean-up work at 609 sites stopped as 2,400 Superfund workers were sent home.
* Law Enforcement and Public Safety: Delays occurred in the processing of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives applications by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; work on more than 3,500 bankruptcy cases reportedly was suspended; cancellation of the recruitment and testing of federal law enforcement officials reportedly occurred, including the hiring of 400 border patrol agents; and delinquent child-support cases were delayed.
* US Veterans: Multiple veterans’ services were curtailed, ranging from health and welfare to finance and travel.
* Travel: 80,000 passport applications were delayed. 80,000 visas were delayed. The resulting postponement or cancellation of travel cost U.S. tourist industries and airlines millions of dollars.
* National Parks: 2 million visitors were turned away from the nation’s national parks resulting in the loss of millions in revenue.
* Government-backed Loans: FHA mortgage loans worth more than $800 million
Notice the word “delayed”. Once the feds resume working everything is back to normal.
Interestingly, while the IRS delays tax refunds and audits during a shutdown, they have no problem continuing to steal from our paychecks.
Also, those furloughed federal workers get a paid vacation as the government pays them retroactively for the time they were off.
So “shutdown” is a scam. It means nothing for those of us who go to work, earn a living, and take care of ourselves and our families. I have neither asked for, want, or need any of the “services” the federal government supposedly provides.
But let’s ask this question: How would a permanent federal government shutdown affect me?
Here are just a few off the top of my head.
No IRS – No one stealing 30-50% of your paycheck. Everyone keeps the majority of their paycheck (state taxes would presumably still exist). Now there’s an economic stimulus program I can get behind.
No BATFE – No one telling us we can’t distill liquor, grow and sell our own tobacco, buy and shoot any gun, cannon, or tank we want, and no one regulating how much fertilizer you can buy.
No Military – No one going around the world murdering other people in your name, under the guise of “spreading democracy”.
No EPA – No one driving up the cost of doing business and interfering with people’s private property.
No State Department – No more begging the government for papers in order to travel abroad.
No Department of Education – No more federal bureaucrats dictating what is taught in schools in order to dumb down children.
I could go on and on, but you get the point. I dare anyone to name a single federal department/agency/bureau that brings value to me.
I fail to see any downside to a complete and total shuttering of the federal government. Let the city of Washington, DC be reclaimed by the swamp and good riddance.