The beltway courtesans are in a panic. What will the country do if the federal government shutdowns? How will the American people function without the heavy hand of a government bureaucrat?
I know this is hard for some to understand, but we’ll do just fine. The federal government is not the country. I don’t know when this concept came about. I can certainly state without hesitation, Washington D.C. will not be missed by a huge percentage of the population.
However, you can damn well bet this event will be politicized by the scoundrels and knaves that run that town. They will see this as an opportunity to propagandize their importance by preying upon the weakest amongst us. They’ll go so far as to endanger the lives of a few just to score political points. Democrats did it the last time; they’ll sure as hell do it again. Here is an example.
BETHESDA, Md. — When there’s a government shutdown, families get shut out of continuous medical treatment that may be their last, best hope. That’s the message from Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, to Congress. Collins has been through government shutdowns before.
“We know the drill, we just hope we don’t have to do it,” Collins says.
Collins tells reporters that during the last government shutdown in 2013, 80 percent of NIH employees were sent home, including researchers and clinical center staff. That meant that families whose loved ones were receiving treatment at the Bethesda campus were turned away, something that Collins says disgusted him, especially given the role of the NIH in those cases.
“We’re not the National Institutes of Health in most people’s minds, we’re the National Institutes of Hope,” Collins says.
That fits well with the Democratic Party’s narrative that Republicans want to starve children and kill off old people. Oh, and just in case you haven’t heard, the federal government is the country.