Amidst the controversy over the “Trump-Shutdown,” liberals consistently fail to realize: conservatives aren’t remotely as concerned about the government shutdown as liberals are.
For a conservative, being skeptical of the Federal government is part of the gig. Most conservatives believe the Federal government has too much power, and our Founding Fathers would certainly agree. Naturally, with the left in a frenzy over the potential devastation of this government shutdown, I can’t help but think, “Why don’t we just shut it down, permanently?”
I’m only half-joking.
A government shutdown occurs when so-called “non-essential” federal programs close. The first step is Congress failing to appropriate funds for the budget. Congress has until the end of September to appropriate funds for the next fiscal year. Alternatively, Congress can pass a continuing resolution, but, when Congress can’t agree on one, a government shutdown begins.
The key word here is “non-essential.” Like many other conservatives, I would be more than happy to see all “non-essential” government services abolished, or at least handled at the state and local levels. The simple fact that the Federal government can shut down and life go on as usual for 99.4% of the population is definitive proof that the government does more than we need it to.
It should go without saying that our Legislative Branch serves a vital role in the US government, and a prolonged suspension of its operations would not be a good thing for the US. As much as I hate to admit it, the are some federal programs that are important for everyday American life.
So, while a permanent shutdown is not the answer, the Trump Shutdown should force us to ask critical questions about government programs: What makes a federal program “essential?” Why do we bother funding “non-essential” programs? Would some of the federal programs and agencies affected by the shutdown better serve our citizens as state-run programs instead?
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.