On October 1, the government will shut down without a last minute continuing resolution to fund the government into the next fiscal year. What does that mean? First and foremost, when the government does shutdown it would mark the closest the federal government would be to following the constitution in about 200 years. Most of what the democrats and republicans are fighting about is beyond the scope of Congress’s delegated powers. If we had a federal government that followed the constitution, none of this battling and grandstanding would be necessary. But since we don’t have a federal government that follows the rules set forth by the constitution, here we are faced with another government shutdown and another raising of the debt ceiling.
President Obama has been quick to take to favorable air waves to compare the TEA Party caucus in the House of Representatives to terrorists. Obama won’t call the attackers in Benghazi terrorists or the Fort Hood shooter a terrorist but he has no problem calling members of the opposition party terrorists. President Obama claims he won’t negotiate with terrorists, but will negotiate with Iran, Syria and Russia. Obama vows to veto any budget bill that defunds or delays the implementation of Obamacare, although Obama himself has unconstitutionally delayed multiple Obamacare deadlines. Obama claims that if republicans don’t get their way, they will cause the government to be shutdown. He conveniently leaves out the fact that if he doesn’t get his way (full funding of Obamacare) he will be just as guilty in causing a government shutdown and the lap dog media is more than happy to tout Obama’s line.
Essential federal services will continue but non-essential federal employees will be furloughed. The fact that we have “non-essential” federal employees should make everyone think twice about a government shutdown. Estimates are about 800,000 non-essential federal employees will be furloughed, or approximately 1/3 of the federal workforce. 1/3 of the entire federal workforce is considered non-essential and yet we need to continue with the unconstitutional bureaucracy. As many times as I have read the Constitution, I have yet to find any authority for such non-essential services such as the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, the Department of Labor, the Department of Commerce, the FDA, BLM, HHS, CDC just to name a few of the services that we continue to fund even though they are non-essential. I say shut down the government and let’s return to a constitutional government.