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News Flash! Just in! Government shutdown leads to shuttering of the federal Department of Education, and as a result school test scores are rising for once. Additionally, with employees at the Department of Energy being furloughed, it seems the United States is about to become the number one energy producer in the world. SayâŠ, if the people at the EPA who are in charge of the administrations war on coal have been furloughed, maybe we can finally get some power plants built. Oh wait, I was just day dreaming. It seems that the drag effect of the Department of Education on actual education is so built into the system that a mere few days of âgovernment shutdownâ canât erase more than three decades of abuse (the current form of the Department of Education was created in 1980, another Jimmy Carter gift that just keeps on giving). While rising test scores, due to the shuttering of the federal Department of (non) Education, may just be one of my favorite daydreams, the part about the U.S. being on track to becoming the number one energy producer in the world (in spite of The Barackâs best efforts) is true.
WellâŠ, one thing that I have determined from the recent government shutdown is that apparently the one function of our federal government that never takes time off is its dysfunction. I mean seriously, government workers canât come up with better ways to inflict âpainâ on the general public? Who I might ask is the rocket scientist that came up with the idea of coning off the shoulder of the road so nobody could park there and look at Mt. Rushmore? Really? Thatâs the best they could come up with? I know South Dakota has a reputation for being fairly empty, but Iâm willing to bet that there are probably at least a few government functions there that would be missed if they were withdrawn. Hey, I know, the United States Post Office could start closing rural post offices on some kind of strange schedule nobody can figure out. Oops, they already did that, so I guess that optionâs not available this time around.
Iâm also seriously disappointed on several levels with how the federal government has barricaded the World War II memorial in Washington D.C. First of all, and again, is this the best government minds can come up with? Are we actually employing or electing people who canât think of a better way to disrupt day to day American life than to put portable, and mostly symbolic, barricades across sidewalks and grassy areas? I for one, expect the people we pay government wages to have better planning skills than that. After all, these are some of the same people who have managed to build the government into the huge money and resource wasting bureaucracy it is today. Iâd say that alone proves they have twisted, yet clever, minds. Secondly, concerning the barricades in front of open air monuments, we actually have government employees who are willing to enforce, and be seen doing it, the placement and maintenance of these barricades? Iâm sorry, but I just canât understand the mindset of someone who is willing to be the public face of this type of thing. Clearly we have created a federal bureaucracy where following orders and keeping your job (or âcareerâ) is everything and any dealings with other human beings or protest against inappropriate orders is secondary at best.
Lastly, and again dealing with the barricades in front of the World War II memorial, where are the citizens of Washington D.C.? I canât understand how the local residents can tolerate this type of thing going on in their very own city. A protest in favor of illegal immigrants, who have clearly, provably, and unarguably broken the law, draws huge numbers, even including Congressional Representatives who are willing to be arrested (whatever entity arrested Charlie Rangel, could you do the world a favor and just keep him despite how low it may drop the average I.Q. level of your jail?), and yet no local citizens are removing the barricades at the World War II memorial? For Shame.
Okay, as you can probably tell, Iâm unhappy about the World War II vets threatened with being kept out of the memorial. Still, is that the best the government can do? How about something really disruptive. Instead of screwing around with minor, yet very irritating things like Mt. Rushmore and the World War II memorial, how about just furloughing the TSA? Now that would be a disruption to our lives and the economy. Just close the security gates at the airports, nobody gets on a plane, and we would instantly be in a whole new level of pain, both economically and socially. Donât get me wrong, I personally wouldnât miss the TSA (maybe those people would be absorbed into the Department of Education where they certainly couldnât make it any worse), but currently, the government requires that before you board an airplane you have to be cleared by the TSA. The TSA doesnât necessarily help improve security, but as it stands now, due to regulations by the federal government, you canât get on a plane without TSA screening. No TSA, no meeting mandatory government regulations and no boarding aircraft. A perfect, totally government created catch-22.
Since even someone in the present administration could probably come up with the same idea, why arenât they doing it? Why, instead of causing some major disruption to our lives that no American would be able to miss, are they picking on things that single out small groups? By the way, one of these âsmall groupsâ being picked on is families of soldiers killed in action. Pretty pathetic. Anyway, why not stop messing around and do something major like shutter airports, stop railroads, close a few highways, shut down a major port or two, or just stop sending out welfare checks (that would be the perfect bureaucratic solution since it would be an inaction instead of any kind of work)?
Could it be that the left is afraid to antagonize too many citizens at once? Are they afraid that something causing widespread economic and social pain that no one can miss will draw the complete and undivided attention of the citizens of the United States? On the other hand, are the current blatant and clear abuses of government âshutdown powersâ just minor test cases to see what the administration can get away with? Instead of whatâs going on now being the most the government bureaucrats think they can get away with, are they instead just testing the waters? If the World War II vets donât keep the World War II memorial open do the barricades going back in place there then become the first step in the trip that leads to major, government caused, disruptions of our lives and economies? Instead of being in a stalemate between the right and the left do we instead find ourselves in the unique position of once again depending on the World War II veterans to lead and show us the way yet donât realize it?
Whatever is going on right now, and as proud as I am to be a citizen of the United States of America, I am ashamed, appalled, and saddened that we have a government bureaucracy willing to pick on the members of the Greatest Generation solely for political gain. Worse yet, it seems we also have a citizenry willing to stand idly by and let it happen.
Bruce Kreitler is the author of Obamageddon (the Culmination of the Progressive Looting of America) and posts this and other articles at BruceKreitler.com.