We are in the seventh day of the federal government “Shut Down”. By now, according to the dire predictions of the Democrats on Capitol Hill and the elite media, we should all be dead.
Actually, things don’t seem so bad. If there are hardships, they appear to be rare and minimal.
Our federal employees are enjoying their paid vacations. As I predicted, Congress voted unanimously to provide back pay for all 800,000 furloughed federal workers. It isn’t enough that they earn double what private-sector employees do for comparable work, or that their benefit packages are far more generous than ours. Now they are on extended paid leave, with no end in sight. Children used to dream of being princes and princesses. Now they aspire to be Assistant to the Undersecretary of Diversity for the Department of Sustainable Green Diaper Recycling. Have a Corona for me, guys, and don’t forget the sunscreen.
Disappointed that Americans are not feeling enough pain, the Obama administration has worked diligently to manufacture some in the most unexpected places:
- After closing Mount Rushmore from public access, the federal government decided that visiting motorists deserved even further punishment. The Park Service placed traffic cones on highway turnouts so that drivers could not even stop and take photos of the monument. This obviously did not save any tax dollars, and in fact there was some cost incurred.
- Elderly veterans, many of whom were once-in-a-lifetime Honor Flight recipients, were greeted with a barrier at their World War II Veteran’s Memorial – an open-air facility with little or no daily maintenance costs. But the Obama administration had no problem approving the opening of the national mall for a pro-amnesty illegal immigration rally.
- Today the Obama gang shut down the Amber Alert website, blaming the “lapse in federal funding”.
Each of these shameless, finger-in-the-eye provocations has been turned back by public outrage, but our shameless imperial leaders offer no apologies. Many more insulting shutdowns are being revealed by the hour. When the government spends tax money to shut down services or facilities that did not cost anything to keep open in the first place, their motivation is obvious. This is nothing more than arrogant, childish bullying, and flat-out disrespect for the citizens.
Obama/Reid defenders claim these spiteful political actions are self-defense against the growing opposition to their train-wreck ObamaCare program. We Americans are more than justified taking whatever action is necessary to stop this monstrosity – my health insurance premiums have increased by more than double (please check yours). And we know damn well that a government who can’t even make a website work in three years is not capable of managing the complexities of our entire health care system.
Please, Congress stand your ground. Our children will pay the price if we allow this insanity to continue. If our government can no longer operate within a budget and a constitution, if it has nothing but contempt for the very citizens it pretends to serve, if it refuses to reverse its tragic mistakes and prevent more in the future, then now is the time. Shut her down! Somehow, I think we will survive.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
Shut it off, shut it off,
Buddy, gonna shut you down!