Friday, April 08, 2011

Government Shutdown

The federal government might shut down all non-essential functions tonight. Some folks see this as a good thing. But it is my understanding that a shutdown will end up costing us more money in the long run, since furloughed government employees will get back pay for the time that they weren't allowed to work.

The possibility of a government shutdown brings up a good question: If it isn't essential, why should we be paying for it at a time when financial resources are scarce? Of course, we can all argue over what is and isn't essential all day long. But if a "non-essential" program is really essential to you, the possibility of a government shutdown is all the more reason that you shouldn't trust the government to provide it for you.

3 comments:

B Summers said...

This is the best post on government shut down I have read yet.

Tim Zank said...

The majority of government programs are non-essential. I welcome a shutdown, it just may point out to some people how non-essential most of government is.

Remember all the "bad" "awful" and "terrible" things that happened the last time we had a government shutdown? Yeah, I know, neither do I because nothing bad happened.
Pull the plug & cap the debt ceiling too and then cut cut cut....

Michael Enders said...

During the last shutdown, I was a federal employee who would have been on leave anyway. Not only did I eventually get paid, but I didn't get charged leave for being on leave, so I got extra paid leave the next year. If you are a government employee who has enough cash to survive a temporary cash crunch, a government shutdown is a sweet deal! The way the government stupidity works, we "non-essential" employees got extra paid leave and the "essential" ones had to work.