RON HART: Government: Shut her down and prioritize

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 03:47 PM.

“Raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt … the average person thinks raising the debt ceiling must mean that we are running up our debt.” — Barack Obama

I am not the least bit concerned about the federal government shutdown. My worry is that it might open back up.

All of this could have been avoided if Washington politicians didn’t have the budgeting skills of an Ole Miss frat boy.

Most of the media and the government yell like stuck pigs about a pending government shutdown. Headlines like “A Crisis” and “A Historical Calamity” abound. Aside from not being true, the government had one of these shutdowns 17 years ago. It is important to spin the blame for any impending need in order for us to reorganize our financial priorities.

Washington, where most of these government moochers live, is in a tizzy. Their biggest fear now is that the panda-cam at the Washington Zoo has been shut down.

I read the list of “services” that will be halted during this shutdown: not the few essential tasks of government like defense, the courts and roads.  Mostly the national parks will be closed to teach us a lesson. Americans will be forbidden to go into the woods at our national parks during the shutdown. As enforcement, 10,000 more park rangers will be hired.

If Washington fully shuts down, who will spy on us? Who will collect our cell phone records or hassle charities that disagree philosophically with the current administration? Who will sic IRS agents on us if we do not buy the government's health insurance? Who will audit our tax returns or invade and occupy other countries based on faulty intelligence? Who will promise voters future payments in the form of Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, subsidized housing and pensions that cannot possibly be paid? And the biggest question: How would we know?

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