The unimaginable has happened. Your government (a small part of it) has been shut down for 34 days now (including weekends and 3 federal holidays that it would have shut down on anyway). And somehow, things are still pretty good in America. It is as I said earlier. The democrats have the most to lose by an extended shutdown because Americans might learn that they are just fine without a federal government.
- The EPA is almost completely shuttered. Only a few guards at the door are coming to work. And yet, factories and refineries haven’t opened the pollution control valves to take advantage of the lack of enforcement. Maybe the people who work at factories and refineries actually WANT clean water and air just as much as professional environmental activists at the EPA do.
- The USDA has prioritized their food inspection program to only inspect a few hot spots. And yet, food-borne diseases are not running rampant across the land. It is as if people who work at food processing and packaging plants already know how to do their jobs and aren’t waiting for every opportunity to poison their customer just to save 1/2 a cent per ton.
- Despite the TSA being “degraded” and having to work for free, Terrorists are not boarding every plane. Air travel is just as safe and unpleasant as it ever was. If anything, fewer TSA inspectors is leading to fewer reports of missing valuables from luggage. It’s almost as if the airlines want to take off and land on time and not crash their planes just because there are insufficient airlines inspectors checking on them.
- It’s a shame that the Department of Education got funded before this happened. It would be awesome to watch the teachers unions squirm as they try to explain that not having a working DoEd had zero effect on education in the USA.
- Make no mistake, this is a crappy way to run a railroad. No private employer could force employees to work without pay.
- I hope the agencies that have unpaid employees are carefully tracking who is abusing sick leave and will punish them when they return to work. Its bad enough to have to work without pay, but having to work extra hard to make up for some non-team-player is double bad.
- I especially feel sorry for the contractors. They are for all intents and purposes, government employees. They are out of work, expected to return to work, and will not get any back pay for the time they were out of work.
- Democrats are still wrapped up in the blame game. It is the least important thing to talk about, but it’s all they have. They can’t defend their open borders policy. They can’t defend their pro-criminal policies. All they have is how much they hate Trump. They can’t give him a minuscule part of the federal budget because then he “wins”.
- I haven’t filed for my tax refund yet, but that should be good since refunds are not part of the IRS budget and the processing is all automated, unless there is a flag. Though I fully trust the IRS to have a man in the loop to rubber stamp the decision of the computer, so that may be held up waiting for that one person to return to work and hit the “any key”.
People are not dying in the streets (more than usual). Posh restaurants are not going out of business in DC (more than usual). Bridges are not collapsing into the icy waters of the Potomac river (more than usual). City and state governments are still fully functional (as much as before).