Opinion: Let's Learn from the Shutdown - and Slash Federal Workers
One month, and counting. That’s how long the federal government has been partially shutdown.
Even as Democrats refuse to negotiate with President Trump over border security — prioritizing instead the interests of illegal immigrants—American society is functioning remarkably well. The world has not come to an end. Even when the White House offers a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) compromise, Democrats again opt for blind #Resistance — now punctuated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s petty cancellation of the State of the Union. Shame on them for their obstinate refusal to compromise over one-quarter of one percent of the federal budget.
But, despite the mainstream media’s daily barrage of Trump-bashing, Americans are going about their business as usual. Take the stock market: Since late December, the S&P 500 has largely been on the rise, climbing hundreds of points and reversing a downtick that began at the end of November. U.S. jobless claims, meanwhile, have dropped to record lows.
Anti-Trump news outlets, meanwhile, are so preoccupied painting furloughed government employees as the victims of a heartless president that they’ve glossed over the government shutdown’s minimal impact on the rest of us. At the same time, the Democrats have unintentionally highlighted the reality that we just have more government than we need, and certainly than we can afford, so it’s time to start making cuts.
Read the full Op-ed at the Daily Caller.