I heard Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson tell a reporter that when Americans feel the economic impact of the Sequestration that Congress will finally act to do something about it. Politicians can always find people who claim they’ve been harmed by a dilution of some government program.
Does anybody believe that if the Federal Department of Education stopped operating tomorrow that the average parent would know? Remember, prior to Jimmy Carter’s administration, there was no Department of Education, and we got along just fine. The budget in 2011 was around $71 billion. And what does the ED do?
“The primary functions of the Department of Education are to ‘establish policy for, administer and coordinate most federal assistance to education, collect data on US schools, and to enforce federal educational laws regarding privacy and civil rights.’”
Would anybody miss these “primary functions” except government bureaucrats? I doubt it.
Everyday Americans don’t notice that the government is spending less money with little effect, the longer we can go with less government. Obama and his fellow-Democrats, with the help of the ‘Useful Idiots’ in the Media, have been telling us that the Sequestration would be a disaster. Hardly anyone has noticed an impact. The lights and heat in my house are still on. My car still works. The internet is on. The grocery shelves are full. Life is good!
The last time I checked, the TSA lines at the airport were just fine. The reason for this is that there are always extra workers available when the union is in charge. This happens every time I fly out of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport. When the lines get too long, they open up more lanes. Workers appear out of nowhere. It’s like magic. The same is true at the Post Office. Actually, it’s not, because I really don’t know since I haven’t been to the Post Office in years!
If government work was like the private sector, every employee would be called on to fill in for the reduction in staff. We’ve done this with our fulfillment company a number of times. You do what you have to do to get the job done. I know this is hard for union and government workers (most of which are union) to understand, but that’s how the private sector lives.
Of course, the best way to solve the TSA long-line problem would be to privatize the operation. The airlines would pay for the service. Actually, people who purchased tickets would pay for it. It would be like a tax with no political strings attached. That’s another way to cut the Federal budget.
Do you remember when the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) went on strike during Reagan’s first term? What did he do? He ordered all striking workers back to their jobs or they would be replaced. Those who did not return were fired. More than 13,000 workers lost their jobs. Transportation Secretary Drew Lewis organized for replacements and started contingency plans. By prioritizing and cutting flights severely, the government was initially able to have 50% of flights available. What were we told would happen? Planes would fall out of the sky.
Most Americans have very little direct contact with the Federal Government. When’s the last time you took your family to a National Park? I’ve never been to one. I’m not going to notice if there’s a slowdown. Anyway, why do we need federal tax dollars to fund National Parks? In fact, why do we need National Parks? Give the land to the states. The people who want to use the parks can pay a fee. The least popular parks could be sold off to the highest bidders and the revenue used to help state budgets.
Give me a crack out federal spending. I bet I could lop off at least 30 percent and eliminate the income tax.
So call your congressmen and tell them to keep the Sequestration going. It’s good for what ails America.