Knock, Knock. Who’s there? No one! Well -- no one but Essential personnel.
The government is closed. There is no one to do any work. Except, that is, Essential personnel.
What exactly does that mean? For some of us, who were Essential personnel during the Clinton government shut down, oh so many years ago. It meant that a senior level person had to be in the office without pay or, during those years, the benefit of Words With Friends on line. If you worked in an international Agency, or an Agency that dealt with private organizations all over the country, it meant that you had no time to do anything but answer the phones. The government was closed, but everyone else in the rest of the world was doing business. So there was no one in the office to answer calls. Well, you say, what about volunteers? It is against the law to volunteer for a government job. I wonder who’s working in the Congressional offices. Or did they all just go home. Let’s be honest, there is no one on Capital Hill who is essential. In fact, maybe if the Congress people would answer their own phones, they would find out just how unhappy everyone else outside of the government really is. (Sorry about ending with a preposition – or is it a verb - but there was no need to go on and on!)
Shutting down the government is disgraceful and probably dangerous. No probablies about it. Air traffic controllers are forced to work and they do not know if they will be compensated for the days that the government is on hold. I wonder if the Congress gets paid for these days. Why would they care, they can use campaign funding to buy their cigars and alcohol. I yearn for those back room years. When you had to make a deal or you would be persona non grata with the Congressional leadership. Actually, I yearn for the days when there was Congressional leadership. It, like common sense, is non existent in the government we elected.
And what’s the point? ObamaCare goes into effect today. It’s not going away. It’s done. The Supreme Court agreed. Obama is not going away either. At least not for a few more years. And the Postal Service is not a government Agency so they can stay open. That transition from Obama to the Post Office was a non-sequiter, but since no government checks will get cut, it truly doesn’t matter. …Unless you are waiting for you Publishers Clearing House million dollar notification. (I know, it still doesn’t make sense).
Turning on the television, listening to the radio or reading the news on line, does not help in understanding what is going on. One of the great scenes was at the WWII Monument. All the Monuments were closed. They have to be closed, it’s part of the shut down. But an Honor flight group of WWII Vets came anyway. And they forced the barriers to open. The Republican Senator from Mississippi was with them and thought the closing was outrageous and an Obama decision. How stupid can the good Senator be. They should have cancelled the Honor flight. But he wanted to make a point. You cannot pick and chose what should remain open. The President didn’t shut down the government, the Congress did – the Senator from Mississippi did.
Here’s the truth. When it is all over, people will get paid, nothing will have changed, except our credit rating and the stock market. People who want to think of themselves as Senior or Essential will be answering phone. Inevitably, Children, Women, Seniors, poor people, and the infirmed will take a hit – they always do. And the 5 Tea Party people who wreaked havoc on this great nation, will give thumbs up and “We’re number one” buttons…. It’s hard to believe they will get any stupider, but they will find a way. We’re just sayin’…Iris