The current fake budget crisis in Washington illustrates, better than most such episodes, that the big struggle in our nation today is not Republicans vs. Democrats. Rather, it’s the Ruling Class vs. the rest of us.
The Ruling Class has found it convenient to buy votes and reward its cronies with government spending. Democrats and Republicans alike have joined in, taking government far beyond its constitutional role. But they’ve also gotten so fat and lazy that they can’t even pass their budget on time — and therefore the government “runs out of money” unless a stopgap measure is passed. Dire things will happen, we are told, if the spending is slowed.
The only dire thing that actually happens in these government shutdowns is that a lot of money is wasted shutting down, and then giving federal workers back pay for staying home after they all come back, post-crisis. So I shake a symbolic fist and say (if the First Amendment hasn’t yet been repealed), “a plague on both your houses.”