A government shutdown seems more and more like a corruption shutdown.
I won’t get into an extended discussion of how Republicans are abjectly stupid in addition to spineless–the mere fact they’re publicly expressing concern about not wanting to “shut down the government” demonstrates they’ve already lost the battle of messaging and mindlessness.
(Hint: If the House passes a Continuing Resolution to fund everything in government EXCEPT things that buttress the President’s illegal and unconstitutional immigration actions, and Obamacare, and then the Senate refuses to play along, or the President vetoes that funding… who shut down the government? Um… let’s see… you passed funding… Harry Reid blocked, or Obama vetoed that funding… gee, sounds like the President and Democratic Senate would be the ones shutting down government, to me).
But then I read yet another story like this one about how the Federal Government is a festering, cancerous, cesspool of cronyism, theft, incompetence, and waste… and I wonder why we ever fear shutting the whole stupid thing down.
From Investor’s Business Daily: “Government Loans to Small Business Turn into Boondoggle.”
The Small Business Administration is under fire for lending billions of taxpayer dollars a year to exclusive country clubs, golf resorts, yacht clubs, pet resorts, upscale plastic surgeons, wineries and other businesses catering to the lifestyles of the very wealthy.
A new report by the federal spending watchdog OpentheBooks.com has uncovered these and other questionable loan activities by the SBA and its roughly $106 billion loan portfolio.
It’s the latest in a long history of hard-to-justify lending activities by a federal agency that proclaims its purpose is to “help Americans start, build and grow businesses.”
That mission sounds as American as baseball and apple pie — which is why it has survived defunding attempts by conservatives going back to the early years of the Reagan administration.
Critics of the SBA ask why a select few of the millions of startup businesses in America should receive subsidized loans.
Just pull the plug, and put a DNR sign on the door.