Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Non-Essential = Not Needed


Unless Congress passes a continuing resolution for spending, the national government will “shut down” on Friday this week.  But “shut down” is qualified.  If you have been paying attention, what will “shut down” are non-essential government services.

Supposedly, everyone on Capital Hill is working feverishly to avoid this tragedy.

But here is a question:  If the national treasury is trillions in arrears (and it is), and if something must be done to control our governments out-of-control spending (and it does), then why have we not shut down EVERYTHING that is non-essential years ago?

As I understand non-essential it means “not really needed.”  If it is not really needed, why was the government ever doing it in the first place?

I noticed that even the Republican Speaker of the House has been saying recently that he doesn’t want such a shut-down to happen.  I have to wonder what kind of fiscal conservative would be in favor of government doing non-essential things.  (And there are many things that are not officially in the non-essential category that are far from necessary.)

Non-essential = not needed.  They should have shut those down decades ago.  That this is even a matter of debate shows you what kind of nitwits, for the most part, inhabit the halls of Congress.

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