The Democrats want to hold our country hostage and force mass immigration on us using scare words like “government shutdown”
Well it is time to HOLD THE LINE! Shut ‘er down if that is what it takes..America and it’s way of life is at stake. They want to scare people and use that fear to get their way.
So what does a “government shutdown” REALLY look like? Do the president and vice president resign now that the government ends? No, they stay on the job and receive full pay as before.
Does Congress fly out of Washington D. C. the following day and cease to draw their pay, and the Supreme Court cease to deliberate on constitutional questions? Does the army come home and cease to protect us? No! No, NO!
Do states, counties, and cities no longer function? No again, they have their own tax base and policemen, prisons, and teachers remain in place.
Will we still get mail? Yes. The U.S. Postal Service functions as an independent business unit.
Will we still get Social Security benefits, food stamps, unemployment compensation and veterans’ benefits? Yes!
Why then the hysteria? Because these two words, “government shutdown,” and the possibility of missed food stamps send the largely uninformed into a frenzy—they finally awake from their stupor.
We have had 18 “government shutdowns” since 1977 according to the Congressional Research Service, the Reagan Administration having 8 of them alone.
- 1979 the government was shut down for 10 days while Congress argued over a proposed salary increase for the legislative branch.
- We had a five-day shutdown between November 14 and November 19, 1995, and a second one of 21 days, between December 16, and January 6, 1996.
None of the bad things used to scare people happened. No! Not even one. In fact, the public as as a whole didn’t even notice it.
Then what did happen?
“The Federal government of the United States put non-essential government workers on furlough and suspended non-essential services…
Most of the programs cut in both shutdowns, were not areas of clear constitutional authority as defined in Article I, Section 8, so in time such cuts should become permanent or be subjected to the amending process for appropriate authority.
Essentially all went on as before except some paychecks were a few days late. Apparently the federal government does (when forced to do so) know what non-essential services are after all, and is capable of closing them if it has the will.
The phrase essentially becomes a weapon to be used on other potential government “shutdowners.” It appears designed to frighten the least informed against the other political party.
So at worst a “government shutdown” is really only a partial shutdown of non-essential services and a delay of payment for some few federal workers. So the federal government goes on a long overdue diet and gets back to the basics. Let’s abandon this terminology in the future so that we don’t frighten the less informed and they overreact?
Source Liberty Under Fire