For the record, I wanted to make sure everyone is aware that the Lehigh Valley Tea Party is actively cheering on a government shutdown. Here’s Kim Schmidtner:
Instead of having the best interest of our nation at the forefront of their minds, they’re afraid of getting blamed for taking a bold stance and putting the brakes on an out-of –control, “money is no object” government. They’re afraid of having the finger pointed at them and being told they’re extremists because they closed national parks, museums, and the passport office.
But that’s actually where the opportunity lies. As mentioned in the previous article, the federal government brings in nearly $6 billion EVERY day. If that isn’t enough to keep the “essential” functions of government running, and then some, then shame on them. What a great opportunity for the bloated federal government to be cut down to minimum essential activities. Then, brick-by-brick, the federal government can be rebuilt to proper levels. For example, if veterans’ services are curtailed, a bill can be introduced my saavy members of Congress to fund that particular activity. Make every program fight to be re-introduced into the budget, and prioritize what gets added back (similar to zero-based budgeting).
So, in summary, if the federal government shuts down, most of us probably won’t even notice, but it would be a great opportunity to return to a limited government only involved with “essential” activities.
At a Capitol press conference Friday, House Speaker John Boehner said he’s not making contingency preparations for a government shutdown, and hopes to avoid one altogether, in part because of the inherent cost.
“And frankly, let’s all be honest, if you shut the government down, it’ll end up costing more than you save, because you interrupt contracts,” Boehner admitted. “There’s a lot of problems with the idea of shutting the government down.”
Whatever happened to “uncertainty?”