Today is day 10 of the government shutdown. It is all such a bad joke in my opinion. The US government has declared a “shutdown” before during the Reagan, Carter, Ford, Clinton and Bush administrations. They are essentially like more extreme versions of filibustering usually over budget proposals. But the police still go to work. Social security offices, the department of veteran affairs, the FBI, CIA, army, and the rest of the Department of Defense are working. The politicians are still working and still getting paid. 1.3 million government workers are required to work, despite not getting pay until after the shutdown. Some national parks have closed as a result, but they are still open to government mining and drilling, which is ongoing. So, very little has actually shutdown. Congress is just making more money by further exploiting natural resources and not paying federal employees, expecting them to work for free. As an anarchist, the government threatening to shut down is a joke to me they don’t quite get. But some important agencies like NASA and the EPA are being forloughed the most while the bloated military and “intelligence” (surveillance) sectors are seeing the least cuts.
Overall, I think the term “government shutdown” is used as a scare tactic and a dumb excuse for Congress not to do its job. Of course, a complete government shutdown would look a whole lot different. Many of these people in Congress and in the Obama administration basically say their hands are tied in one way or another, but I don’t think literally threatening to not do your job (in order to take wages from workers with less power) is the best way to keep it. It’s also just another poor excuse to play the blame game between the blues and the reds, leading to more bickering and partisanship, which both sides can use to justify inaction and a lack of progress. It’s time for a new system entirely built voluntarily from the bottom up. My guess is this shutdown will end in about 5 days, but some serious changes may come with it.