An Important Question

I’m told that a government shutdown will not affect essential services.

That means that a lot of what the government does is not essential.

Why can’t we stop doing it permanently?

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15 Responses to An Important Question

  1. mike w. says:

    How dare you ask such a question? Don’t you know it’s not your place to question the bourgeois in government?

  2. bluesun says:

    Please, please, let it be permanent!

  3. Old NFO says:

    LOL… Good point Alan!

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  5. Kristopher says:

    Shush alan. Saying stuff like that might cause the marks to figger it out.

    Why do you think shutdowns always get canceled?

  6. BobG says:

    “The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.”
    -P.J. O’Rourke

  7. Jess says:

    If it was permanent, a substantial amount of useless waste would be eliminated. This is a terrible thought to a bureaucrat. There only hope in life is to perpetuate the mindless paperwork required for the existence of their compensation.

  8. Liston says:

    We have periodic shutdowns when weather events happen. “All non-essential personnel are sent home.”

    Send the non-essentials home and let them stay there.

  9. DirtCrashr says:

    I remember back in 1981 when I was living in DC they had to shut it down for a week or so – no big deal. No End of The World. It’s happened before.
    The biggest newsmedia panic-story was about all the Public Employees (Union-members now?) who were going to get stiffed on their paychecks because of missing a few days work – why cant Congress and the Senate get stiffed too?
    Shut it down ever year for a month would be a good start.

  10. Jennifer says:

    Been thinking the same thing myself.

  11. TJP says:

    Where do I see the deduction for “government shut down” in the 2011 tax publications? Oh that’s right, no matter what they “cut” taxes still go up every year.

  12. Kristopher says:

    Dirtcrashr: Exactly. It’s hard to get the average American worked up over some little dictator in a .gov desk missing his paycheck.

  13. wolfwalker says:

    Would someone please define ‘essential’ for me? No, not what it means, but what government services qualify?

  14. Steve says:

    Essential to who? For sure they will keep payroll open. The front facing positions would be the first to go. They will be sure that we feel their pain.

  15. That Guy says:

    That was my question when local govt shut down for a snow day: “Non-essential employees are asked to stay home”

    Why in the hell are there non-essential employees in Govt?

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