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10/1/2013 (1 year ago)

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Why is the government providing non-essential services anyway?

The U.S. federal government is in partial shutdown today as Obama and the Senate failed to reach a resolution with the House over a spending bill that would fund the government. The shutdown is partial and many government workers will be furloughed.

Some citizens have actually rallied for a shutdown as a way to reduce rampant government spending.

Some citizens have actually rallied for a shutdown as a way to reduce rampant government spending.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/1/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: government, shutdown, spending, pay, furlough, non-essential


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It's another forced spending cut for the government. Last year, the doomsday scenario was the sequester, which is ongoing and now few people notice. Now the federal government has shut down. Have you noticed?

For most Americans, the attitude is "so what" and "good, this means they will waste our money more slowly now." However, Americans who depend on the federal government for their employment are less flippant about it.

As of Tuesday morning, many government workers went into furlough meaning their offices won't reopen until Congress approves a spending bill to pay them. Certain government departments will continue to operate. The military will still be paid and the mail will continue to be delivered. Social security checks will still go out on time.

However, the national parks will be closed -ironic that it happens on the birthday of Yosemite National Park. Those waiting for passports will be kept waiting. Half of civilian defense workers and about 40 percent of all federal workers are furloughed as of today.

Applications for federal housing loans will be delayed as well as new visa applications.

Another flight over government spending also looms as the debt ceiling will need to be raised later this month to keep the government in business.

Congress and the president are still paid.

We can't help but say, "so what?" ourselves. While we lament the disruption to the lives of our federally employed brothers and sisters, we also recognize that government spending is out of control. We have money to bomb small countries, but no money for schools or infrastructure or public safety. We have money to spy on ourselves and build mega-complexes in which to do it. Meanwhile, there are children starving in our own country. We have money to provide free abortions and to promote sexual chemical dependency, and we have money to incarcerate non-violent criminals for years, but no money to support hungry children, nor to rehabilitate sinners in prison.

We have money to stockpile a billion rounds of ammunition, but not a billion cans of food. Seriously?

We have money to provide breaks to big corporations, but no money to cure childhood cancer or other afflictions.

This malfunction has been orchestrated at the Congressional level and is the product of a system that entrenches and rewards corruption, deceit, and immorality. It's a pity that Congress still gets their paychecks and their private healthcare and cafeterias.

Congress has been on a drunken spending spree for decades and its time we put them and the federal government on a diet. It's difficult to say this is the best way to do it, however every other attempt has failed. This may be the only way to do it, despite the pain it causes.

So far, the government is only shutting down "non-essential" services. Perhaps is the government didn't provide so many "non-essential services" we wouldn't be in this mess in the first place.

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