Tuesday, January 15, 2019

How Do They Pick What To Shutdown?



Since the shutdown is cherrypicking what little pieces they shutdown, how do they decide? My conclusion is they are simply jacking with us. Shutting down whatever creates the most inconvenience to the citizens. Closing parks. Making travel more difficult. **Not sending tax returns while continuing to collect taxes.

Meanwhile,  30 Democrats from the House and Senate are on travel to Puerto Rico. The claim is they are there to see first hand the damage from last year's hurricane. Yeah, maybe. Then again, here's the announcement of their plans. But whatever the truth of this trip, how did they pay for it? There couldn't have been any federal money available because the .gov is closed, amirite?


You want to shutdown? Fine. Shut all the way down. Stop collecting taxes. Send every federal employee home. Call it quits. Let the states declare nation status and move on. Otherwise, stop playing games.

**UPDATE: Unknown in the comments pointed out that the IRS has announced that they will be sending tax refunds.

7 comments:

Unknown said...

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-confirms-tax-filing-season-to-begin-january-28

Archer said...

You want to shutdown? Fine. Shut all the way down. Stop collecting taxes. Send every federal employee home. Call it quits. Let the states declare nation status and move on. Otherwise, stop playing games.

I agree 100%.

Unfortunately, the Democrats can't go that far, and they wouldn't even if they could.

With a total shutdown, The People (and to a lesser extent, the States) would realize the fallibility of the fed.gov, and start to ... *gasp!* ... take care of themselves.

They would re-learn independence. They would rediscover freedom. They would rebuild self-sufficiency.

And they would learn what it's really like to "keep what you earn" and NOT owe an-arm-and-a-leg in taxes.

When the fed.gov "turns back on", many would happily go back on welfare and SNAP, but a plurality would rather reject its onerous regulations in favor of what works better: individual initiative and the free market.

And that plurality represents a crap-ton of former Democrat voters. They may not become Republicans or conservatives, but they'll no longer support Democrats, and that's something.

The Democrats can't allow that. Independence, freedom, and self-sufficiency are antithetical to their agenda -- it's too costly for them to risk The People rediscovering such "dangerous" ideas.

SiGraybeard said...

I think Obama was the champ at Shutting down whatever creates the most inconvenience to the citizens. Closing parks. Making travel more difficult. Remember his administration putting barriers around the WWII memorial so that veterans traveling there couldn't access it in wheelchairs? Until a bunch of younger guys moved the barriers out of the way. They closed roads into parks that required no Federal workers at all. Anything to squeeze the peons and make them pay more tribute.

Old NFO said...

Turn off the lights, lock the doors. If you're going to do it, DO IT RIGHT!

Rev. Paul said...

The trip to P.R. was paid for by a PAC. I find that even more disturbing.

LSP said...

Borepatch, I'm collecting Government Shutdown poetry, preferably haikus. Would you like to contribute?

Aesop said...

The reason it's only a partial shutdown is because the Congress, incredibly, had already passed multiple appropriations bills covering funding about 75% of the government through 2019.

The part shutdown is the part they hadn't appropriated when they decided they weren't going to fund Trump's GBBWall at all, in a fit of pique after booting the midterms, and with the Democlowns coming back to replace the Republiclowns.

And most of the agencies involved are more near and dear to the Democlowns than to the Republiclowns.

Boo frickin' hoo.