Government Shutdown Shows Private is Better

The government shutdown continues, longer than any in history. I’m told, this is a crisis! Government shutdown crisis. Another Trump-generated crisis. This crisis. Crisis! Crisis! It’s causing chaos, confusion, pain. It’s “just too much”, say the Washington Post and New York Times. But wait a second, looking around America, I have to ask, where’s that crisis? Most everything seems pretty normal. How is everything today? Life goes on. Pundits speak as if government’s the most important part of America. But it isn’t. We need some government, but most of life, the best of life, goes on without government, much of it in spite of government. Of course, if you are one of the 800,000 federal workers who aren’t being paid, the shutdown is a big deal. Are you freaking kidding me? Again? Seriously? The furloughed workers get a lot of attention. They’re not getting paid. But they will get paid. They’re always do after shutdown. Don’t get me wrong, the shutdown is a real problem. Columnist Paul Krugman giggles about it being “Trump’s Big Libertarian Experiment.” But it’s not libertarian. Government’s endless rules are still in effect, and soon workers will be paid for not working. This is a most un-libertarian experiment. But there are lessons to be learned. Under President Obama’s shutdown, government officials wouldn’t allow people to enter public parks. The National Park Service is blocking access to parks and monuments. This shutdown, the administration is allowing people in parks, so PBS finds a new “crisis.” Too much garbage. National Park Services can’t clean up the mess until Congress and the President reach a spending deal. But now volunteers sometimes pick up the trash. Private citizens will step in to do some things government workers used to do. The Washington Post finds another problem. Farmers aren’t receiving government support checks. But why do farmers even get support checks? The purpose of the subsidy was to protect the food supply, but most fruit and vegetable farmers don’t get subsidies, and they do fine. There’s no shortage of tangerines, pears, or broccoli. Grain, cotton, and corn farmers could suck it up and do fine, too. Much of government we could just get rid of. The New York Times says, “Shutdown Curtails F.D.A. Food Inspections.” Oh no! We’ll be poisoned! But if you read the smaller print, you’d learn that 80% of food inspection is done by the Agriculture Department, and they’re still inspecting. But more important, the main reason food is safe is not government, it’s competition. Fear of getting a bad reputation inspires most food producers to employ more safety inspectors than government requires. Beef carcasses undergo hot steam rinses and microbiological testing that go well beyond what government demands. Yet politicians want us to think it’s all about government. Where government work is needed, privatize much of it. Even security work, like what the TSA does, is done better by the private sector. Go to San Francisco’s airport, you’ll notice the lines are shorter, and they move more quickly, and passengers say the screeners are nicer. People here are friendly, and willing to help. Not only are they nicer, the TSA acknowledged they were better at finding contraband. That’s because they’re private contractors. They have to be better or they might get fired. Government never fires itself. We shouldn’t shut down the government over a dispute and you want to shut it down. You keep talking about it. The last time Chuck, you shut it down. No, no, no. Finally, it’s absurd that this shutdown is supposedly about appropriating $5.7 billion dollars for part of a border wall. That’s less than what Washington spends every day. $54 billion dollar increase in the defense budget. Well the Senate has passed the Farm Bill, a multi-billion dollar legislative package. Our debt will soon reach $22 trillion dollars, government squanders money on useless things. They $300,000 studying whether Japanese quail are more sexually promiscuous on cocaine. So when government workers protest and say, we are all essential. We all are essential! I say, give us a break!

100 thoughts on “Government Shutdown Shows Private is Better

  • All the Communist Democrats have proven in this shutdown is that we don't need most of the bureaucrats who are bloating the government and we don't need Communist Democrat politicians or RINO politicians. If the members of Congress were really representing the people who sent them to DC, there would be hundreds of bills written to REPEAL the authorizing legislation that originally created the "nonessential" agencies that all of those "nonessential" bureaucrats work at. Eliminate all of the nonessential agencies and there is no need to spend taxpayer money to fund them in the budget. The federal government should not be allowed to do anything that is not authorized by the Constitution. Most of the bureaucracy is unconstitutional and should be dismissed.

  • I've been saying for years, the next time a government shutdown sends "nonessential workers" home, those nonessential jobs should all be devolved to the states. Former federal employees will be top candidates for the same jobs they had before, but now at the state level–which means they get to live in their home states, and closer to the people they serve.

  • I work in the food industry and I can say that all of my customers consider FDA regulations to be the "bare minimum" of food safety. Every one of them does more to insure the safety of their food than required by the government.

  • We were shut down? When? Where? Who? Some of the more important indices needed to be payed, just not all. Some farm subsidies can go with the Grand Solar Minimum as crops are frozen or in case of drought.

  • The term I heard was "non-essential employees" are not getting paid. Which means that the fact that they are employed to begin with is unconstitutional. Refer to the preamble of the Constitution for reference.

  • I am holding out for the 300K to study whether or not I am more promiscuous on cocaine.

    My initial hypothesis is yes, awaiting further analysis.

  • You know mr. Stossel I was a semi-pro wrestler when I was younger and I admit I was a bit annoyed when you did the wrestling piece even though I was just a kid then. However, I must admit that I appreciate your work and commend you on your efforts. I hope you continue to expand on government waste and programs we can do without. Just wanted to thank you and say I am a fan.

  • The biggest issue they claim is TSA, so how about we improve TSA by privatizing it? Stossel already proved they are better.

  • But then how WILL we find out if Japanese Quail are more sexually promiscuous on cocaine? These are answers to the universe we NEED to know!

  • Liberals appeal to feelings, conservatives appeal to tradition, only libertarians make a rational judgement free from any prejudice.

  • Stossel the only living fair and balanced investigative journalist as far as the eye can see. Did you do one of the need or not of the wall that's taking all the air out of everyone's lungs? There are a ton of topics to cover that CNN AND FOX are NOT covering as well as they should if at all. You are truly amazing. Wish I could meet you just to shake your hand one of these days.

  • no matter what government provides, private businesses always provide better and cheaper. private security provide better protection at a cheaper price then police. amazon ships faster then government mail. hell i bet people would pay to have there driveways and dirt roads asphalt or cemented if it wasn't for government threatening to increase taxes. i mean even domino's pizza was filling in pot holes when the state does nothing.

  • The only thing in that keeps this country afloat is the superpower status. You never see a 3rd world country go into this kind of debt. And you wanna know why. Cause China can collect. Just look at the Coup in Zimbabwe.

  • When he said that farmers were complaining for not getting support checks I was like "Why do they get checks?"

  • A certain Democrat said it best, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste." – Rahm Emanuel
    Crisis means we have to allow Govt to step in and take control Declare martial law. Suspend Constitutional Rights. All in the name of "public safety/security."
    So if you need power and have this well-trodden path for getting more, then all you need is a crisis. Don't have one? Invent one!

  • So a childish president shuts down the gouverment because he does not get what he want and that is prove for a bad system? Remind me: who elected this egomaniac?
    The problem isnt the system: the problem is allways people. you put the wrong person in a position with responsibillity – he or she will fuck up. And again: These clowns in the US politcal circus (cons AND dems) are the people all of you elected. Go vote and vote smart-if you do not: shut the fuck up.

  • I’m a farmer, and I’m tired of forced subsidies, taxes, and a government that’s overblown and useless!

  • One thing I love about this person is that he doesn’t take a side. He doesn’t announce conservative values or libertarian values. He just says what he thinks makes sense. Even if I may disagree, I can agree to disagree with a person looking to find the truth and what is right, rather than agree in general with a person who only does so because of the party he’s affiliated with.

  • My mom is government employed and she was freaking out because she was worried she wasn't going to get payed on time to pay her rent. She was panicking. She has severe anxiety, and it's especially bad with money. So it was a crisis for her.

  • The only thing the government does well is the military. It takes the government 60 days to make minute rice…Go to any office and try to convince them you ARENT DEAD…But the system says you are so you must be…

  • Not that I don't agree with the idea of this video, but I think it's worth clarifying that in the link you refer to that discusses the FDA, it does not say that 80% of food inspections are done by the Agriculture Department. It says 80% is done by the FDA.

  • I'm a stossel fan but This is one of his dumber videos…no mention of what would happen in a major shutdown when the us defaults in its interest payments and gets downgraded. Goodbye dollar

  • The only one who is essential is YHWH/Y'SHUA (GOD/Jesus) the rest of us can be replaced with a word. the best thing to do is to be able humble servant and leave the thinking to YHWH.

  • lol @ the lady that was chanting "we are all essential" being a part of a union. You are definitely not essential lmfao.

  • President Donald Trump shutdown the government for a We the People, very different than Obama shutting down the government against We the People.

  • You know what it is it's a crisis for the rich that live in Washington that works for the government that's a crisis that's the outcry but your regular American people can live without the government just simple laws no greed that's all we need but they say that because they need the government to be snooping up our butts all the time

  • All these leeches complain about the government shutdown because they're not getting paid. It's not governments job to give YOU a job.

  • "Anyone else forget the government was shut down?" Well, I can tell you some people who didn't forget, the members of the United States Coast Guard and their families. When the government was shut down, they didn't get paid, but were still expected to risk their lives to rescue boneheads like you. This went on for weeks.

    There are many more examples like this, including others who risk their necks for the ungrateful slobs that sit in their jammies and pull [email protected]$$ comments out of their arses. Yes, government is too big. You want smaller government? Expect less from government. I don't mean less intrusion. I mean less stuff.

  • These government workers barely do anything while they’re working, why should the tax payers pay for them when they’re not working, it’s called a 401K grow up. I don’t expect money for doing nothing when the budget runs out, again, dumb federal unions and politics…

  • I know farmers who get those subsidies. they use it to buy new machinery every year and by the way one tractor can cost 400 grand and ridiculous stuff like that.

  • The majority of federal and state workers are entitled leeches and don’t care about serving anything or anyone but themselves. They are lazy and mentally challenged.

  • Get rid of 3/4 of government workers and make Congress paid by punching time clock that can be viewed by anyone at any time no work no check no job

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