Much Ado About Shutdown
We’ve written previously on how the looming government shutdown isn’t really a “shutdown.” Of the federal government’s 2.1 million employees roughly 800,000 will be furloughed – approximately 38 percent of the total taxpayer-funded workforce.
For those of you who learned your math in a government-run South Carolina school, that means 62 percent of the total taxpayer-funded workforce continues working.
This includes 100 percent of the U.S. Congress, 100 percent of the Federal Reserve, 100 percent of the U.S. Armed Forces, 100 percent of the U.S. Post Office, 96 percent of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 86 percent of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 85 percent of the U.S. Department of Justice, 71 percent of the Social Security Administration and 67 percent of the Department of Transportation.
Those are percentages to bear in mind as the mainstream media begins the weeping and gnashing of teeth associated with its “blame conservatives” narrative.
Weeping? Really? Food stamps will continue to be issued during the shutdown. So will unemployment insurance benefits. In other words the dependency economy will not skip a beat. Meanwhile the IRS will continue to collect taxes. The border will continue to be secured (such as it is). The failed “War on Drugs” will continue to be waged. And the U.S. Post Office – which loses billions of dollars annually – will continue its operations.
Shutdown? Not hardly …
Oh, and the first time you hear a tearjerker tale about a poor child or indigent senior citizen being denied services during the shutdown – remember the government is continuing to spend billions of dollars spying on you. And pumping arms into the hands of al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists in Syria.
Meanwhile many of the agencies that will be effectively shuttered – including the National Park Service and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – need to be privatized anyway.
The federal government classifies the 38 percent of the workforce it sends home during “shutdowns” as non-essential, which we believe is the best evidence yet that vast swaths of our increasingly large, increasingly unruly federal bureaucracy are totally unnecessary.
Seriously … if a government position is “non-essential,” why are taxpayers funding it?
We’re not saying the shutdown isn’t a big deal. It is. It just isn’t as big a deal as many are making it out to be.