Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer
Doesn’t the closure of the National Zoo due to the government shutdown ruin your life? Does it bother you that the Bureau of Economic Statistics isn’t operating? What about the Joshua Tree National Park?
Today marks two weeks that the government has shut down due to President Donald Trump’s unwillingness to sign an omnibus law to fund the federal government, since liberal democrats and liberal Republicans wouldn’t include $5 billion to fund a border wall to help fight against illegal immigration in the bill. In reality, the longer the shutdown continues the more it reveals how completely unnecessary federal government spending actually is.
The favorite hype of the liberal media and liberal politicians is the fact that the nation’s National Parks are all closed as well as the Smithsonian Institution and the National Zoo. I’ll be the first to admit that, as a child, I enjoyed the National Air and Space Museum and, as an adult, I admit that the American Museum of Natural History has the second best mineral and rock collection in the United States. I can live without them. I know where to find the same minerals and rocks in nature.
Nevertheless, the National Parks are actually a prime example of wasteful federal spending. They’re a great source of tourism in places such as Tucson, Arizona, near the Grand Canyon National Park, or Jackson, Wyoming, just south of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The example of the Grand Canyon is interesting, however. Before the December 21 shutdown began, the Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, announced that the state would fund the Grand Canyon National Park during a federal shutdown, because that locale is such a major draw for Arizona’s tourist industry. If Arizona can take over the Grand Canyon, why not follow the same model everywhere and turn the national parks over to the states which benefit from the tourism they bring?
Volunteers continued the NORAD Tracks Santa tradition over the holidays, because individuals wanted that program to continue no matter what. There’s no question that keeping track of Santa is one of the most essential of all federal functions.
Interestingly, a number of large businesses, who enjoy government subsidies in their direction, are the ones complaining about the closure of the Bureau of Economic Statistics, since that agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce provides them with data to prop up their share values on public markets. There is no reason a private entity could not provide the identical service to those businesses, except for the fact that they want the taxpayers to pay for it, so they can enjoy those services for free.
The National Aeronautic and Space Administration, which now competes directly with private entrepreneurs, such as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos or Tesla’s Elon Musk, who have their own space exploration companies, has had to furlough 96% of its employees. So what!
Don’t worry: the Internal Revenue Service, everyone’s favorite federal agency, has staff to process tax payments, although it has furloughed the employees who process tax returns. 86% of the Department of Commerce employees and 95% of the Department of Housing and Urban Development employees are non-essential and at home. Most EPA employees are at home.
By shutting down all of these “services,” the taxpayers are receiving a gigantic bonus in the billions of dollars of wasteful spending that we’re saving.
We clearly do need a border wall. That was the real purpose of the government shutdown. At this point, however, President Trump should consider keeping the government shut down whether or not he gets the wall.
Meanwhile, wouldn’t it be grand if Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough decided we needed a border wall between Montgomery County and all of its surrounding counties? Perhaps, he should consider shutting down the Montgomery County government until he gets that border wall funding! Could we live without the Montgomery County Airport? Could we live without Precinct 4 County Commissioner James Metts’ girlfriend, employees terminated from other County departments, felons, and other nepotistic employees not providing “services” and just staying at home? Would we survive if the toll collection system on the SH 242 flyovers turned off due to lack of funding?
If non-essential services came to an end in Montgomery County, while Judge Keough held out for the funding of the Keough Wall, the only person who would feel the pain would be Charlie Riley whose entire government-supported political campaign would come to a crashing halt.