by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist
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Oh here we go again. Yet another government shutdown is but a day away. And once again there is talk of Armageddon. How can we survive without a fully functioning federal leviathan?
The last threat of a shutdown was mere months ago, in April, when the leftist site, Vox.com wrote: “The House and Senate have until midnight on April 28 to pass a spending bill or the federal government will run out of money and close its doors.”
Now anyone who has been following this nonsense, read or listened to any conservative talkers, knows full well that this is a lie. It’s hard to say whether those at Vox are disingenuous liars or just ill-informed.
But we on the right have been beating this dead horse for years, and I suppose must continue to do so. In fact the government does not “run out of money,” or “close its doors.” But our logic and the reality of the situation has still not been able to cut through the fog of political theater.
The dirty little secret, that we must repeat seemingly every six months, is that 80-85% of government remains fully funded during these so-called shutdowns. That leaves no more than 15-20% of government temporarily offline – normally for just a matter of days. It’s a slowdown at best.