We Need MORE Snow in DC
February 15, 2010 Leave a comment
Watching pundits worrying about the shutdown of DC because of record snowfalls, and debating who to blame, asking whether this meant it is vulnerable to shutdown by other disasters, I found that they were entirely missing the point:
Aside from providing the perfect background for the fall of the global warming myth, it has illustrated for us how absolutely unimportant the Federal bureaucracy is for the nation’s well-being.
The “government shutdown” has proved as completely irrelevant to the rest of the country as it did in 1995, and 1990, and several times in the 1980s. For the most part, the Federal government…especially the expensive, or restrictive, aspects of it…is nothing but a burden on the backs of the American people.
Snow it in, or cut off its funding, and the real, productive people in the rest of the country not only do just fine, but are actually better-off.
What we need is for this kind of thing to happen more often.
Perhaps we could at least spare the innocent (albeit largely non-productive) DC locals the suffering, and have official, planned government shutdowns. We could start with the precedent of the December-to-April shutdown in 1995, caused by Clinton vetoing the fiscal restraint proposed by the Republican Congress; a shutdown that saved enough money to jump-started the move to the first nominal government surplus in decades.
We shut down much of the Federal government for four months, and tally up the savings. Next year, we increase it by some modest amount…say five percent. And we do that each year, until we find the point of diminishing returns. I figure it’ll be around the 364-day shutdown mark.
Washington, you’d better figure out you are doing us more harm than good, before it’s too late.