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Government Shutdown Theater November 25, 2013

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From YC Magazine November 2013 Issue

All Americans should be offended by the political theatre during the first part of October, called “The Government Shutdown”. In reality both sides were pulling the puppet strings to create a show for the voting public, who chose sides along party lines and simply pointed their fingers at each other’s team as the offending party. Instead of actually cutting spending during the Shutdown, the government spent MORE money. The National Park Service actually hired more staff in order to block the view of Mount Rushmore, shut down memorials that normally do not require any staff, and barricaded public parking lots. One side blamed President Obama, the other side blamed Congress. All of the “furloughed” employees actually got paid while not working, so the shutdown ended up being a paid vacation for the federal employees who were deemed non-essential for a couple of weeks. Only a few faint voices were heard asking the question “do we really need this many Federal employees and contractors in the first place?” A few months ago we explored the data within South Carolina and discovered 1 in 5 adults in our labor force were working for the local, state, and federal government (excluding both military and farm workers). In the end, despite all the theatrics, a so-called Clean Resolution was passed to extend the debt ceiling debate to January 15, 2014, the budget was not balanced, and typical pork was added into the Clean Resolution at the last minute receiving no debate whatsoever. (more…)

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