Of course, the celebration is premature. The government shut down the parts of the system We The People like and want, social services, national parks, and such, while the remainder of the 4.4 million government workers doing things We The People do NOT like are still in place, doing those things we do not like or approve of. NSA is still spying on us, FBI still covering up the crimes of the rich and powerful. CIA is still running drugs and torturing people. Treasury is still bailing out Wall Street, USDA is still covering up the problems with GMOs, FDA still ignoring the problems with vaccines, SEC still turning a blind eye to Wall Street fraud, and the US wars continue unabated across the face of the Earth.
Let’s look at some numbers.
The media is proclaiming that the Federal Shutdown has put 800,000 workers on furlough. That sounds like a lot, until you look at the size of the government as a whole. The current size of the Federal government is 4.4 million. The Federal Government has been boasting that it has reduced the size of government, but as is always the case, this is a bit of a flim-flam, as jobs formerly done by Federal Government employees have been transferred to contractors. Exact numbers of Federal contractors are hard to come by because one contract can mean multiple workers (who are paid on average 1.83 times what equivalent private sector workers are paid), but the best estimate is that there are between 7 million and 7.5 million Federal Contractors.
4.4 million plus 7.5 million is 13.9 million. So putting 800,000 workers on furlough is only a tiny fraction of the total Federal Government, about 6%. Private companies are shaving single digits off of their work forces every day, but they don’t get massive media headlines proclaiming a disaster!
And, of course, the additional 21 million state and local government annoyances are open for business as usual today.
As I mentioned above, the Federal Government “shutdown” is only affecting those portions of government We The People approve of. It’s a form of extortion; to force us to accept those parts of the government we all hate (like NSA, TSA, DHS) to get back things we want, such as government permission to enjoy our national parks, feed the hungry, take care of the vets, etc.
And behind all of this debate about budget, shutdowns, Obamacare, and debt, there is a question the Federal Government is terrified that Americans are starting to ask. Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution authorizes the US Government to create and issue interest free money. So why is the Federal Government plunging future generations of Americans into unpayable debt by going to a privately-owned central bank to borrow money at interest?
The Federal Government doesn’t want you to ask that question, because they don’t have a really good answer for doing such a stupid thing. This nation fought a revolution to be free of such predatory banking scams, and treating the public currency as a public utility for the good of all worked pretty well. And the government cannot claim not to have known what a calamity the passing of the Federal Reserve Act would be, because the federal reserve was the THIRD in a series of private central banks foisted on the American people by corrupt Congresses and corrupt Presidents, and they knew full well what they were doing based on the history of the first two.
“Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the Eternal God, I will rout you out.” — Andrew Jackson, who shut down the Second Bank of the United States
“I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world – no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.” — President Woodrow Wilson, after singing the Federal Reserve Act
So, pay no attention to the fury over a 6% reduction on the Federal Government workforce. Pay no attention to the screams about Obamacare. The focus needs to be on the ridiculousness of the Federal Government, which has the authority to create and issue interest-free currency, borrowing that same money at interest from a privately-owned central bank, forcing you and your descendants to pay the ruinous interest.
“If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill. The element that makes the bond good, makes the bill good, also. The difference between the bond and the bill is the bond lets money brokers collect twice the amount of the bond and an additional 20%, whereas the currency pays nobody but those who contribute directly in some useful way. It is absurd to say that our country can issue $30 million in bonds and not $30 million in currency. Both are promises to pay, but one promise fattens the usurers and the other helps the people.” — Thomas Edison, The New York Times (6 December 1921)