The Upside of The Shutdown

A version of this essay also appeared in Ben Domenech’s new online magazine, The Federalist http://thefederalist.com/2013/10/07/the-upside-of-the-shutdown/

For all the hysteria surrounding the government shutdown, I have to confess that now that it has actually happened, it is a bit anticlimactic.  Sure, I have developed a little crick in my neck from all the back and forth between the the two parties.  And if I hear any more politicians claim that they are willing to negotiate while refusing to negotiate, I might have to seriously consider consulting a professional about that huge frown line that I am getting between my eyes.  It is starting to look like the Grand Canyon, which is currently closed, but doesn’t have to be, because the state of Arizona offered to fund it, but the Federal government refused.  So, you can see how this back and forth could take a toll on anyone–the hypocrisy is so perverse.

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It’s not that I believe them–any of them–I don’t. But one can still get sick of hearing it.

And honestly, as a working stiff, I am pretty much in status quo mode.  I am glad that they are funding the military, as those people really do something that the federal government is supposed to be in charge of–protecting the nation.

And, call me crazy, but since only about 15% of the nation wasn’t insured, couldn’t we have just had a program that insured those people, and called it a day?  Why have this super-comprehensive 2,000 page plus program that has made so many people mad simultaneously?  Has anyone ever heard of a pilot program?  Just wondering.  It just seems like it might have been okay to give out some reasonable insurance to the most vulnerable in our nation, and see if that actually addressed the problem.  Then if not, maybe try something else.  But 1/6 of the economy?  It makes me nervous just thinking about it.  I think maybe some things could go wrong.  Like trying to sign up. Continue reading