Saturday, September 28, 2013

Oh, Shut It Down!

It was great for yours truly back in the 90's when the government bureaucracy shut down because the DC commute was so much easier for those of us who worked in essential jobs or were employed by agencies or worked in functions that had essential missions or paid for themselves. The world, our country, my state and my town didn't come to end, not by any means. 

But rant and rave. Rave and rant. Blame and taunt. Besmirch and belittle.  But most importantly, scare the folks. 

Obama goes into his fear mongering mode to campaign against a government shutdown (which is actually a slowdown). Appropriations run out on Tuesday October 1st, the day Obama claims "is the day that a group of far-right Republicans in Congress might choose to shut down the government and potentially damage the economy just because they don’t like this law.”  

Damage the economy?  But what happened the last time a president ran into a Congress insistent on exercising its power of the purse?

In the bad old days of locking horns the economy grew better than what we've been getting under Obamanomics. So go ahead, shut it down -- the worst that will happen is a smidgen of economic activity will be displaced a month or two. And who knows, when under the gun for a few hours, a few days or a few weeks, the President may actually be willing to accept drastically needed changes to his job killing and economy dragging policies.

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