POSTED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 5:55pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 5:31pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — The government is shut down. Big deal.
You can't see the Smithsonian or the Grand Canyon. Maybe you can drive by and see it.
We are in such a debt hole right now seeing a museum should be the least of our worries.
All essential employees are working. All non-essential employees were sent home. This makes me wonder, do we need most non-essential workers?
Americans every day have to tighten their belts. Oh, how dare we ask the government to do the same!
As a boss, I've had to lay off people and it makes me want to go home and get violently ill. But, that's part of it.
Government shutdowns are nothing new. No one ever brings up the 21 days the government shut down during the Carter Administration. And that was when Carter had both the House and the Senate.
"Drawn-out fights over spending bills are nothing new for Congress. But, that's where the fights used to stay, in Congress. The rest of the country didn't have to pay much attention to countdown clocks and all this drama. In the '60s and '70s down until 1980, it was not taken that seriously at all," says Charles Tiefer, a former legal adviser to the House of Representatives, who now teaches at the University of Baltimore Law School. In the old days, he says, when lawmakers reached a budget stalemate, the federal workforce just went about its business. It was thought that Congress would soon get around to passing the spending bill and there was no point in raising a ruckus while waiting."
That easy-going attitude changed during the last year of President Jimmy Carter's administration. That's when Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti issued a legal opinion saying government work cannot go on until Congress agrees to pay for it.
One thing I loved today, although I don't recommend this, at the World War II monument in D.C., veterans kicked down the barricade and just walked on in.
Good for them. Because if that generation would not have saved the world, we would not have a government to complain about.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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