Well, time for a phony government shutdown. I say phony because all essential, and many non-essential, functions of government will keep ticking away. The media will be filled with pictures of the Statue of Liberty being shut down and commentators damning Republican members for their “intransigence” in not recognizing that every whim of Obama is eternal law. All humbug.
The truth is that we have a federal government that could easily be trimmed by 20 percent with most Americans being completely unaware that anything was being cut. We have one party in this country that still has members in it that have some semblance of fiscal sanity, and another party, that has a Jackass as its symbol, whose elected representatives assume the government is solvent as long as there exists thin air from which to make money appear. Real protracted deadlock, with the government going into a real shutdown, might lead the way to salutary reductions in spending. At least it would show the extent of the real budgetary problem. Instead we have a fake shutdown, that amounts to a lot of sound and fury signifying precisely nothing.
Update: From Investors Business Daily:
But the letter says during the shutdown it’ll take 12 taxpayer-paid employees “to support the vice president in the discharge of his constitutional duties.” Call them the dirty dozen, since they take care of what Vice President John Nance Garner called “a bucket of warm spit.”
He also gets one staffer for the vice president’s residence. Can’t “average Joe,” who as a senator famously rode the commuter train with the riffraff from Delaware to Washington every day, make his own meals for a few days? Or put up with Dr. Jill’s cooking?
The White House is just a microcosm of the out-of-control growth in federal government personnel. Shameless federal worker unions already plan to sue to get paid for days they stay home during the shutdown.