Everyone knows by now that our government hasn’t experienced any kind of “shutdown” at all. It’s turning out to be exactly like the sequestration. They’ve chosen the worst possible places to “cut” in order to elicit their desired reaction. A reaction of outrage from the populace, and with the media’s help, this outrage will be directed solely at the GOP.
So, they shut down things like the World War II Memorial, which was mostly funded by about $200 million in private donations. The feds’ contribution: about $15 million. Both of those amounts sound like such a miniscule drop in the bucket, since we’re so used to seeing “billions” or “trillions” with our wasteful government.
As many have already pointed out, they’re probably spending more just to enforce the Memorial’s closure than if they had left it open. That tells us that they’re simply trying to make as many people mad as possible and then tell the angered crowd that it’s all the GOP’s fault.
They’ve even closed the ocean, allegedly because of the government shutdown. The Miami Herald reported:
Charter guides received a message from the National Park Service this week informing them that they are not permitted to take clients fishing in Florida Bay until the feds get back to work. That means that more than 1,100 square miles of prime fishing is off limits between the southern tip of the mainland to the Keys until further notice. The closing affects not only fishing guides, but anyone with a license to conduct business in the park, including tour operators and paddling guides — anyone with a Commercial Use Authorization permit, said Dan Kimball, superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks. Biscayne National Park is also off limits. Enforcement rangers will be on duty, Kimball said. Capt. Mike Makowski, owner of Blackfoot Charters in Key Largo, estimates this eliminates 60 percent to 70 percent of his hunting grounds.
I wish we had a real government shutdown. Shut down the IRS. Shut down the NSA. Shut down Homeland Security. Shut down the EPA, the Department of Education, the Department of Energy. Give up on our foreign military adventures, and bring the troops home. Stop arming and funding terrorist organizations. Eliminate foreign aid completely. Phase out the entity that facilitates all these agencies, the Federal Reserve System. Now that would be a government shutdown I’d get behind.