We Want More Government Shutdown

I’m listening to an audio book of The Gulag Archipelago. Lots of arrests so far. Chilling. It can definitely happen here. All the structure is in place, and with the state’s ability to see and know everything it would be worse. More effective. More, um, surgical.

Like maybe right now?

Anyway, I believe Alexander S would not be especially concerned  with a government shut down.

I hereby advise the PR director for the White House press office to solicit stories of people adversely affected by this government shutdown. After a few hundred responses I would take the best cases and publish them -respectfully – on the website.

Then juxtapose that with stories of people affected by our current system of immigration.

The hardships by government workers, even some of the stronger cases, will begin to look quite lame.

“We are asking the Democrats to approve 5billion of your money – not their money – your taxes, for this problem. 5 billion is a lot of money, but compared to the depth, and reach, and cost of this problem,  actually only a small percent of our budget.”

Also while you guys at the White House are listening, y’all are doing a great job!

Back to you, Rat-mates!

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4 thoughts on “We Want More Government Shutdown”

  1. Franco:
    Then juxtapose that with stories of people affected by our current system of immigration.

    Surely hope you attract responses from San Diego, Maricopa, and El Paso counties.

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  2. Government is, at best, irrelevant and impotent.

    If you open a daily paper you find its pages are entirely devoted to Government transactions and to political jobbery. A Chinaman reading it would believe that in Europe nothing gets done save by order of some master. You find nothing in them about institutions that spring up, grow up, and develop without ministerial prescription. Nothing—or hardly nothing! Even when there is a heading—“Sundry Events”—it is because they are connected with the police. A family drama, an act of rebellion, will only be mentioned if the police have appeared on the scene.

    Three hundred fifty million Europeans love or hate one another, work, or live on their incomes; but, apart from literature, theatre, or sport, their lives remain ignored by newspapers if Governments have not intervened in some way or another. It is even so with history. We know the least details of the life of a king or of a parliament; all good and bad speeches pronounced by the politicians have been preserved. “Speeches that have never had the least influence on the vote of a single member,” as an old parliamentarian said. Royal visits, good or bad humour of politicians, jokes or intrigues, are all carefully recorded for posterity. But we have the greatest difficulty to reconstitute a city of the Middle Ages, to understand the mechanism of that immense commerce that was carried on between Hanseatic cities, or to know how the city of Rouen built its cathedral. If a scholar spends his life studying these questions, his works remain unknown, and parliamentary histories—that is to say, the defective ones, as they only treat one side of social life—multiply, are circulated, are taught in schools.

    And we do not even perceive the prodigious work accomplished every day by spontaneous groups of men, which constitutes the chief work of our century.

    Peter KropotkinThe Conquest of Bread, 1906

    At worst, it is pernicious and evil.

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