Plans to get the public passionate about the Government #Shutdown

079 Capitol Hill United States Congress 1993
079 Capitol Hill United States Congress 1993 (Photo credit: David Holt London)
  1. Tie it to football games. While the Government is shutdown, no more college or NFL football games. Granted, Mountaineer fans may see this as a win, but…
  2. Cancel all non-essential tv shows, i.e., nothing but C-Span until Congress does what it is supposed to do.
  3. Replace Facebook with books and twitter with policy analysis journals and articles.
  4. Replace People Magazine with the Constitution and the Federalist Papers.

What are your plans?

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8 Replies to “Plans to get the public passionate about the Government #Shutdown”

    1. Just put a prohibition on the sale, possession, and consumption of booze! That would sent politicians into withdrawal!!!

  1. Up here in sensible-land things are completely normal and government is functioning well. You’s guys need to adopt a parliamentary model like the rest of the advanced world.

    1. To adopt a European-style parliamentary system will require a move to proportional representation. In turn, this will require fragmenting the existing dominate two-party strangle hold on American politics. There will also have to be serious modification of the winner-take-all electoral system. More importantly, it will also take getting rid of big money’s gaming American politics. While all of this is theoretically possible given the internal division of the major political parties, it is unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future absent a Soviet-style collapse. The status quo is simply too deeply entrenched.

  2. My plan is even simpler: Stop playing games! Shut the whole government down. Close Congress. Board up the White House. Strand the military abroad. Furlough the FBI. Turnout the TSA. Nail shut NSA. Clear out the contractors. Literally, nobody gets paid for 30 days! Then, after what labor arbitrators call a cooling off period, see if the hardliners are in a more conciliatory mood.
    Oh, and by the way, if any politicians are gunned down or strung up in the during the total government shutdown, they are to be left either hanging from lampposts or rotting in the streets to serve as a warning to others.
    Will this work? Of course not. On the other hand, it makes about as much sense as the current scheme.
    Meanwhile, the good news is that the current government shutdown is going to cost the Republicans dearly. The fallout may even be worse than it was after the 28-day 1995-96 shutdown. The most recent Republican misadventure into political Alice in Wonderland may even be the beginning of the end for those 80 or so tea party minions in Congress known variously as the suicide or Kool-Aid caucus.
    The bottom line that government shutdowns are the same losing proposition for Republicans that gun control is for Democrats. Sooner or later, both parties may wise up, move on, and do what really needs to be done to make democratic governance functional. This catering to the lowest common denominator in the political spectrum isn’t working very well.

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