Is there such a thing as a “Good” Government Shutdown?

Whenever the media reports on the possibility of a government shutdown, the fear and malcontent is palpable in their voices and pens.

The media (and their Democrat partners) argued that a government shutdown could usher in calamity, but every time a shutdown occurs no such horrors occur. Yet, the media and the public never seem to learn, and threats of shut downs continue to stir fears and build consternation… which may have just led Congress to pass a terrible budget that does nothing to ease the burdens of the American people but does pay for many of the Democrats favorite pet projects.

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However, if you speak with conservatives about the idea of a government shut down you’re as likely to meet with expressions of glee as you are to meet with worry or concern. For us the idea of a shutdown means the gears of government grinding to a halt, bureaucrats sent home with no work, and government unable to intrude (as much) on our daily lives. What’s not to like?

This is a version of the argument that President Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney made on Sunday:

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The president is frustrated that the process is Washington is broken. What we did this week was fine, and passable, but not ideal. The appropriations process, Congress using the power of the purse has been broken here in Washington for more than ten years, and I think a ‘good shutdown’ would be one that could help fix that.

It is part of that overall ‘Drain the Swamp’ mentality about Washington D.C.

This president is willing to think outside the box and do things differently around here to change Washington, and if that means a shutdown, so be it.

President Trump said much the same thing this past week:

However, as I mentioned earlier, not everyone agrees. Also on Sunday, over on CBS’ Face the Nation, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) argued that there was “no such thing” as a good government shut down and calling anyone who suggests such a thing “Un-American.”

“There is no good shutdown… there should not even be the talk of a shutdown.”

Well, Manchin might think that those of us who prefer a good government shutdown are un-American… but i’d beg to differ. Our desire to live lives unencumbered by government bureaucracy and burdens doesn’t make us un-American, it proves that some of us still carry on the traditions of American independence that led our forefathers to found this nation in the first place.

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