12
Feb
10

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ones

I can get behind this:

We’re into the fourth day of the Great Government Shutdown.  And the country still chugs along doing whatever it is we do

For years we’ve paid farmers not to grow food.  Perhaps we could pay the government not to show up for work.

People (your humble blogger especially included) whine about government waste all the time; I submit that government waste, while irritating, is far less frightening than government efficiency.

This could work from a public choice perspective, especially these days: an indefinite furlough would be akin to a “get out of unpopular dilemmas free” card.  Imagine:

Intern: Thank you for calling Congressman Shitbag’s office, how may I help you?

Phone: <yelling>

Intern: Congressman Shitbag is dedicated to passing the health-care reform bill for the benefit of constituents like you, sir.  Unfortunately we’re on furlough for budget reasons, but it’s at the top of our list when the House reconvenes.

Phone: <yelling>

Intern: Thank you for calling, sir; have a nice day.

(beep)

Intern: Thank you for calling Congressman Shitbag’s office, how may I help you?

Phone: <yelling>

Intern: Congressman Shitbag is dedicated to preventing the health-care reform bill from passing, for the benefit of constituents like you, ma’am.  Unfortunately we’re on furlough for budget reasons, but it’s at the top of our list when the House reconvenes.

Phone: <yelling>

Intern: Thank you for calling, ma’am; have a nice day.

And just think how clean and orderly the place would look when we took foreign dignitaries around on a tour!

Heck, for the past two years running, Stephen Harper has prorogued the Canadian Parliament for a month or two at a time.  People got all up in arms about it, yammering on about “democracy denied” — this, you understand, from a country that’s demonstrated itself to be utterly sick of elections.  I can’t imagine why they were angry: it was fucking great. (I know why he did it, and I don’t care: when Parliament’s in recess it isn’t finding new and exciting ways to fuck up the country.)

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