By Nathan Barton
Ah, it is panic time again as the Congress tries ever so hard to prevent another government shut down.
Poor little Senators and Congressmen. As if they didn’t do it to themselves. And continue to do it.
As before, you won’t find me bemoaning the shutdown. What I’d love to see would be a few WEEKS of this bogus “shutdown” with a few hundred thousand bureaucrats on furlough. Tough on them? Yeah, a bit, but they will get a taste of people who do work (especially real work) who can get laid off or put on unpaid leave at almost any time. And who have to plan for not getting that regular paycheck (and other benefits and security) regularly. Actually I’d love to see MONTHS of REAL shutdown; or a complete termination of these government services. Let the free market provide what we really need – and are willing to pay voluntarily for or do ourselves.
Because the truth is, we don’t need government.
At least not the coercive, involuntary, mandatory, ten thousand pages of regulations, boots and clubs and guns, kind of government that conducts 24-7 surveillance and steals money from Joe to pay to Luis. Or even the kind of government that conducts 1-hour a YEAR surveillance or steals money from Bill to give to Barbie.
We might need some of the services that they provide – but there are far better entities and ways to provide every one of those services. Voluntarily. Without bullyboys or threats of prison for not doing what they tell people to do. Without having more and more of the money we supposedly pay for civilization sucked up by overhead and corruption and politically-correct parasites.
What happens if the FedGov shuts down – even on the very limited basis that would happen?
People will wake up after a day – or two, or ten! – to find out that the world did NOT come to an end because there were no bureaucrats filing their forms and stamping their approvals. Or even because we did not have a secret base monitoring communications in the far outback of Northeastern Nowherestan. The water and the electricity will still flow, the roads will still be there, the sun will still shine, and most of life will go on.
That would be true even if it were not just the FedGov that had to go on unpaid leave. Eventually (maybe even quickly) someone will get together and step in and start providing the services (the ones we really need) that state (and even local) governments stop providing. But they’ll be a lot less likely to be willing to provide the “services” that we really don’t need: the “your grass is too high” and “you can’t put that in your body” and “you HAVE to bake that cake for those perverts” sort of “services.”
And maybe that is what Congress fears enough to get their act together and pass (however late it is) a budget and spending bills. Maybe what Chuckie Shumer and Dirk Turbine and even Poul Rynd and Linseed Grahamcracker really are afraid of. That Dick and Jane might wake up one day and discover that they don’t NEED 850,000 FedGov employees and a million folks in uniform playing world policeman by occupying two-thirds of the planet. That it is a big scam, and that all the Dicks and Janes have been suckers for all this time.
And it will be a whole lot better if government shuts down in February 2018 than if we continue to limp on until it really collapses under its own weight (of stupidity). We’d have been better off if it had shut down in 1950 or 1980 or even 2010. But the sooner the better. So that we can replace it with something rational and really necessary.
Mama’s Note: The only government human beings need is SELF government, self control. This leads directly to non-aggression and voluntary cooperation to achieve mutual goals.
Unfortunately, far too many people in all walks of life still believe that they both can and should manage and control other people.