There might be a real government shutdown because the Republicans are holding fast, so far. The airways are full of speculation about whether or not.There is not much talk about the “what” of such possible cessation of federal government activities. That’s aside from the anticipated suffering of federal employees, of course.
The cold-hearted social scientist in me can’t help but be overtaken by curiosity. I have been proclaiming for years that there is too much federal government, a lot too much. The President and the two houses of Congress are going to offer us a real-life experiment it seems. The experiment will be about what we miss when the fed stops doing business. Although many federal employees will do their best to dramatize the plight of ordinary citizens when they don’t work, a government shutdown will give us some idea of what the ordinary person suffers when the federal government does little. I can’t wait.
And, in case you are tempted to charge my natural curiosity and my insouciance to my being one of the selfish independently wealthy, get real. I am on Social Security and on Medicare. I stand proudly on the frontline of this mini-war between common sense and honesty on the one side and gross irresponsibility one the other side. Even then, I hope we will witness the unthinkable. Please!
The Down Jones was down 36 points on the news that no progress had been made in reaching an agreement on the budget. For those who don’t follow such thing, 36 points down is pretty muchwhat happens when any number of reach men go to the bathroom.