Apparently, the nation is the government. At least according to one democrat who said on the floor of the House that Republicans do not love the country, “Because if you did you would not be closing it down.” So apparently, if the bloated, intrusive federal government is closed for a couple of days, America will cease to exist.
In the news today was the fact that one of the people inconvenienced by a government shutdown would be campers at National Parks, who will be sent home. Apparently the woods cannot remain open, and citizens will be unable to pitch a tent without direct supervision and/or assistance from federal employees. One wonders how the country was settled in the first place? Who monitored the cowboys crossing the plains to insure that their tents met specs? Who monitored the woods to make sure that if a tree falls in the forest there is ALWAYS someone there to hear it?
Employees at the Treasury Dept. are up in arms about the use of the term “non-essential employees”. Apparently it has dawned on them that people might rightly ask, if you’re non-essential why are we paying your salary? It also belies the fact that our government is bloated with all manner of unnecessary people. Nearly a million of them by some counts.
The fact is that after the shutdown in 95 the first thing Clinton did was sign an order giving retroactive pay to those people who were furloughed. So, while our government does all manner of things to destroy the economy, cost working men and women their jobs, increase our taxes, and force us on to health plans we don’t want, none of those things are true for them.
They have job security, are exempted from Obamacare, and when they get laid off for a week or so, they get all their pay anyway.
So here is the truth in a nutshell.
What we are actually doing is giving a paid vacation to a bunch of people who are, by definition, not essential employees anyway. And the propaganda machine has convinced enough people that this is a disaster, that half the country is upset about it.
America will survive. In fact, if we shutdown the government regularly, for long periods of time, America would be better off. IMHO