LOS ANGELES, September 30, 2013 — Those fearing a government shutdown should take heed. The government shuts down twice every week. It’s called the weekend. The government was shut down this past Saturday and Sunday. Nobody was affected. It will shut down again this coming weekend, which government workers eagerly await.
From Friday at 5 p.m. to Monday at 9 a.m., our government is totally shut down.
So why is keeping the government open an extra day or two so important to President Obama?
Because government is his life. Government is the rationale for his presidency.
If the government shuts down, that could delay further IRS abuses. Obama cannot target half the country by himself. If the government shuts down, private citizens may take part in the political process without his permission. To make matters worse, these people might disagree with him.
Obama is not scared that our lives will get worse. He is desperately afraid that shutting the government down will at worst have zero effect and at best make our lives better. He cried wolf over the sequester, and saw his predictions of doom met with the appropriate shoulder shrug. He knows a government shutdown would cause the same non-reaction.
After all, how will private citizens survive if non-essential government personnel spend time goofing off at home rather than on the job?
How will we cope if there are delays in collecting tax dollars to spend on failed social programs and corrupt green energy pipe dreams?
How will we survive without being regulated to death for a longer period of time?
Deep down Obama worries that he is non-essential personnel, and that furloughing him away for a few days could have a positive impact on many of us.
The Obama government has become the schoolyard bully stealing our lunch money. On the weekends, we can avoid the cafeteria altogether and just stay home. We can be responsible for ourselves. Americans learned how to tie their shoes without the help of government bureaucrats or instruction manuals.
Shutting down the government for a brief period of time is not anarchy. It is called vacation. Around Thanksgiving and Christmas, the government will see plenty of shutdowns as government workers flee Washington to be with their families.
Let them start now. Black Friday is only a few weeks away, and government workers know how to spend money. Off the job, at least it will be their own money. They can do far more to stimulate the economy and help society off the job than on it.
Will Social Security checks be delayed? They already are. It’s called the United States Post Office, run by the government. With any luck, bills will be delayed as well. Americans will survive without those annoying circulars that clog up our mailbox until we throw them out five seconds after picking them up.
The government shutdown will not prevent Obama from golfing. It will not prevent him from making his billionth speech using government approved recycled material. Since that is all he does, he should embrace the shutdown.
The only reason he may not would be if he was more interested in micromanaging all of our lives rather than minding his own business.
That is the crux of the problem, and why the man addicted to government should be weaned off it for a few days. For Obama it will be a necessary detox. For the rest of us it will be what we had when the government was shut down this past weekend: peace and quiet.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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