If The Government Shutdown Falls Short Of Armageddon, We Should Rethink The Other 75 Percent Too
If the longest-ever partial (25%) federal government shutdown persists, might Americans catch on that not everything the federal government does and regulates should remain national public policy issues?
Along with some White House staff, cabinet-level departments subject to furlough or working without a paycheck for the shutdown’s duration, are Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, State, Transportation and Treasury.
Some agencies like the Federal Communications Commission and NASA are swept up, too.
The Wall Street Journal tells us economic growth is feeling a pinch from the 25% federal shutdown (the lost output, though, is that of workers who are paid by—taxpayers). Vox calls the effects “astonishing.” But doomsday hasn’t yet arrived, nearly a month into the impasse.
Sure, there plenty are suffering, and things will worsen–because government does so much, which should be but is not, part of the issue.
Instead, any story any day on the Washington Post or NPR will highlight trials of federal employees and contractors. The Wall Street Journaldescribes an IRS bureaucrat(!) reduced to making chili without meat.
Effects hit contractors immediately, and are starting to hit others: travelers; businesses like restaurants that cater to government; craft brewers needing permits; those trying to borrow money from the Small Business Administration, and plenty more to come.