Just came across this article telling us 7 things we should know about this so-called shutdown. Didn’t see anything I’d worry about, of course. The whole exercise in musical chairs is silly, at best. Just more raving and ranting, each politician trying to show how he/she is best at manipulation. They are fighting for control most of all.
Then I read this and had to chuckle:
How much money can the country lose during a shutdown?
The 16-day government shutdown in 2013 cost the country $24 billion of lost economic activity, according to an analysis from ratings agency Standard & Poor’s.
“The payroll cost of furloughed employee salaries alone – that is, the lost productivity of furloughed workers – was $2.0 billion,” the Office of Management and Budget reported in 2013.
Productivity? Isn’t that supposed to be something that creates wealth, value, something people actually want to buy? Isn’t that value created in excess of the overhead?
Does the non-voluntary government, at any level, with any name, ever create wealth or value, something people want to buy and use? In what way is the government “productive?”
I can’t think of anything. You?