Partial government shutdown sometimes a necessity: When gridlock is good

By: John R. Smith

A reinforced section of the US-Mexico border fence is seen from Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on December 20, 2018. – Donald Trump and congressional Democrats stood at stark odds on December 20, 2018, leaving the US government on the precipice of a Christmastime shutdown. GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)

With the government shutdown now a reality, let’s zero in on the truth: gridlock is good when it throws a wrench into the machinery of a government that values political gain more than the protection of the people. And when gridlock causes a partial government shutdown, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it’s amusing to see the naïve Chicken Littles get their social-justice shorts in a wad. The liberals go batty over shutdowns because they love big-daddy government so much. This writer does not mind partial government shutdowns one iota, because it’s not only great entertainment, usually shutdowns are due to principled actions by those who know that government “solutions” are often not the answer, and that government is error-prone. And leftists make a big deal out of a shutdown even when they know that the critical government functions will continue, especially functions that protect human life and property.

Government gridlock is a safety mechanism, a great blessing bestowed on our nation by the Founding Fathers. It serves as a brake against those liberals who view more laws as great progress and think unbridled bureaucrats are good for us. The prominent mistake of the disparagers of gridlock is to believe that government knows what’s best and that more government means more progress. Hooey. Shutting the government down is nothing new. In truth, when gridlock leads to government shutdowns, most business owners, large and small, don’t get riled up over it. History shows government shutdowns usually do not hurt the stock market; in the 20 shutdowns going back 42 years, stock prices averaged only a 0.4% drop.

The current government shutdown is happening because President Trump is convinced national security is threatened if a southern border wall is not constructed to keep out hordes of immigrants, while Democrats in Congress do not want to allocate the money for the wall. Trump has a good argument, based on protecting American citizens from an invasion of illegals. We have over 20 million illegals living in this country already, costing American taxpayers an estimated $54.5 billion each year. The Department of Homeland Security indicates they have caught over 105,000 illegals with criminal convictions at our southern border, in 2018 alone.

U.S. President Donald Trump (2R) argues about border security with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (R) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as Vice President Mike Pence sits nearby in the Oval Office on December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

We have continuous caravans of thousands of foreigners flocking from Central and South America, the Middle East, and Asia assaulting our southern border. Included in this human invasion are convicted criminals, gang members, drug dealers, previously deported aliens, people with various diseases and medical problems, and “workers” with no job skills and no money to pay their own way. Such people are undesirable aliens, many of them vicious and dangerous, none of them entitled to come to America unless they prove they have a credible case for living here and will not be a threat to our safety or our welfare system.

Trump also has the U.S. Constitution firmly on his side, which requires the federal government to protect the nation and to be responsible for providing national security and the common defense. Article Four, Section Four states: the “United States shall guarantee to every state a republican form of government and shall protect each of them against invasion.”

The current shutdown is only partial. The reason? The budget year started in October, so 75% of government funding has already been approved for the coming year. This includes funding for the military, Border Patrol, FBI, and Coast Guard.  Social Security checks will go out on schedule, and the U.S. Postal Service will not be affected either.

The leftist mainstream media will be screaming AIN’T IT AWFUL about the shutdown, but it’s all hyperbole, false overstatement and blame-game—- the MSM has been quietly praying for a shutdown because now they can blame Republicans and conservative politicians with wild abandon.

John R. Smith

John R. Smith

John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company.
John R. Smith

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