National news media are covering the recent financial crisis (the federal government shjutdowmn) as though it’s the end of the world. In fact, only 17 percent of the federal bureaucracy has been impacted.
Yes, Congress has allowed the layoff of 800,000 government employees. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has called back 350,000 of his furloughed employees. So, the actual number of people impacted is south of 500,000. And those who are laid off will be paid, according to most shutdown observers.
The real tragedy has been the number of citizens impacted by the shutdown.
For example an 80-year-old man and his 77-year-old wife have been forced to leave their home of 40 years on Lake Mead. They were forced out of their home because Lake Mead is a reservoir on the California-Nevada border that is owned by the federal government.
Everyone recalls veterans of World War II breaking through barriers to tour the Washington, D.C. memorial built in their honor. It’s that kind of determination that should alert every taxpayer that our government is out of control. Those working and “representing” us inside the beltway have hunkered down and taken stands that are not in the interests of the people they were elected to serve.
For skeptics who believe our elected members of Congress and the thousands of bureaucrats running this government are acting in our best interest, please note that the National Park Service has closed privately-run marinas, restaurants and inns throughout the county and in some cases guards have been posted to keep people from using them during the shutdown.
An example of such action was reported by the Washington Times: “On Friday, the Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina decided it would buck the Park Service’s order and remain open — only to find park rangers come and block the driveway to the inn to prevent anyone from entering. The parkway itself remained open, but the administration said all concessions in national parks must shut.”
This kind of ludicrous governing is what one would expect from a banana republic, not the world’s lone super power.
It’s time we, the people, take back our nation from those committed to tearing it down.