10 Lessons from the Government Shutdown

Thank God the government shutdown crisis is over. Not because it averted economic catastrophe, that’s still coming, but because the phony narrative was destructive.

It dragged even the most open-minded people into a designated political camp. People who lean right blamed the poor and needy on food stamps, while “progressives” blamed the Tea Party conservatives who must be racist for opposing Obamacare.

[amazon asin=1601632800&template=*lrc ad (left)]It was predictable and disgusting theater.  And most of you bought into it. You may have noticed that we did not post very many articles related to the shutdown, because why feed such nonsense?

As seems to be the new theme among the ruling elite, “Do not let a fake crisis go to waste.” Below are the lessons that we should have learned from this charade. Don’t let it go to waste.

Divide and Conquer Theater: Americans put aside petty political differences to stop another war of aggression in Syria. That cohesion was threatening to topple the flimsy facade of left-right politics for good. Nothing like a phony crisis to get people to break out their political war paint and chant partisan slogans like zombies. Perhaps next time more will see it for what it is, theater to divide and control them.

Government is Way Too Big: 800,000 non-essential employees! Seriously? And the best you can do to make people feel their loss [amazon asin=0988726726&template=*lrc ad (right)]is to close public parks and taking a few websites offline? Didn’t it cost money to hire private goons to block park access and to remove those webpages which remain hosted (the domains are still live)? And these aren’t the million-plus people employed to spy on us. Apparently, they are considered “essential” in a bi-partisan tyranny.

Every Politician is to Blame: The blame game for the shutdown has been hilariously hideous with every single politician jockeying for righteousness. It’s not even a real crisis, so the blame is on you for putting stock in any of these losers. They all got what they wanted, control over you for a few weeks!

Math Lesson: Isn’t it obvious that the politicians are cherry-picking hot button budget issues instead of tackling the real issues? Did you know it only takes 1 day of taxes to pay for a month of food stamps ($7B), but that it takes 4 times that just to pay our monthly interest on debt ($29B)? Or that it takes almost the entire month of taxes to pay for defense, wars of aggression, and foreign aid? Or that [amazon asin=1586489127&template=*lrc ad (left)]the on-going corporate-welfare bank bailout (after untold trillions previously) is $85 billion per month, dwarfing food stamps 12 times over. Yet, changing monetary policy, writing off debt or interest, drawing down wars, or kicking the banks to the curb are off the table? Make no mistake, the debt theater is designed to hide that which all citizens would agree to ax before cutting benefits to the needy.

Defenders of Obamacare Are Clueless: I remain dumbfounded why a 2000-page law and 10,535 pages of regulations transparently written by Big Pharma and insurance companies, read by no one, is still being defended by progressives. They barely know what’s in it, neither does their “representative”, it’s not “universal” in any sense except in punishment, corporate giants and overlords are exempt, prices have already gone way up, the website doesn’t even work, doctors everywhere are jumping ship, and middle-sized companies are dumping hours and benefits. It’s not a “step forward” as they like to say if the result is this debacle.  And it’s not even cleverly hidden corporate welfare which progressives claim to hate, and they now also defend sharing their most intimate information with bureaucracies while decrying NSA spying? Get a clue, get consistent, or shut up.

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