I want to take this opportunity to wish all you federal government parasites out there a very merry and happy shutdown vacation holiday as you enjoy your time off from work secure in the knowledge that none of you will lose so much as a penny in your generous pay and benefits.
Yes, as is always the case, the very last of the people who lose out in this ludicrous government shutdown fiasco will be the folks who reside within the bloated ranks of government agents, employees and officials.
That’s right. The republican majority in the House of Representatives together with all the congressional democrats, the Senate, as well as the President of the United States – that’s 100% of our nation’s pinnacle parasite political class -- are going to fast track legislation this week which will guarantee each of the 800,000 furloughed federal workers affected by the shutdown, now it it’s eighth day, all of their back pay and benefits as soon as it ends as of course it surely will.
It is not a question of whether but only of when. In the meantime 800,000 government leaches are living it up while enjoying a fully paid vacation holiday at the expense of the taxpayers; you know, the only people who are actually going to be affected adversely by the shutdown charade.
So the two opposing factions in this meaningless fiscal debate can bicker and quarrel as long as they like and it won’t make the slightest bit of difference to anyone feeding at the government trough. Why should they worry? They’ll all get paid in full while the rest of the country suffers the inconvenience of it all.
"This isn't some damn game," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said, referring to a quote in The Wall Street Journal from an anonymous White House official that "we are winning ... It doesn't really matter to us" how long the shutdown lasts, as the White House and Democrats held to their position of agreeing to negotiate only after the government is reopened and the $16.7 trillion debt limit raised.
But it is indeed a game. The shutdown will end, the debt ceiling will be raised, all the parasites will be paid, and the lumbering leviathan of government will just keep rolling along, spending more and more money, increasing the debt, and taking the United States of America and its people further down the path to eventual bankruptcy and financial ruin.
More than 100 stopgap continuing resolutions have passed without much difficulty since the last shutdown in 1996. This time the issue is just another temporary funding measure to keep the government fully open through mid-November or mid-December, at which time we will face yet another financial crisis in this dance of fiscal death.
"Republicans are eager to end the shutdown and move ahead with the fiscal and economic reforms that our country so urgently needs," said Texas Sen. John Cornyn in the GOP's weekly address. "I was disappointed when certain parts of the federal government were forced to shut down because Senate Democrats refused to make any changes whatsoever to the deeply flawed health care law known as Obamacare."
Democrats and the President say they are eager to end the shutdown too; they just won’t compromise unless they first get "clean" stopgap spending bills and debt-limit increases. "The American people don't get to demand ransom in exchange for doing their job," Obama said in his address. "Neither does Congress."
And on and on; surely there will be many more shutdowns to come.
In the meantime its government business as usual as the Pentagon is sending several new $50 million cargo planes straight from the assembly line to mothballs because it has no use for them, yet it still hasn’t stopped ordering the aircraft, according to a report.
A dozen nearly new Italian-built C-27J Spartans have already been shipped to an Air Force facility in Arizona dubbed “the boneyard,” and five more currently under construction are likely headed for the same fate. The boneyard is located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, where some 4,400 aircraft and 13 aerospace vehicles, worth more than $35 billion, sit unused and deteriorating in the hot sun.
What’s a mere $35 billion to these American military parasites? It amounts to just a miniscule fraction of the almost $17 trillion of our ever increasing national debt. It’s pocket change to them.
So until the next financial crisis and government shutdown, I say: Happy shutdown vacation holiday to all, and to all a good night.