As you know, or maybe not, the government is usually funded through 12 ‘omnibus’ spending bills passed by Congress and signed by the President. None of them passed last year (democrats fault) and none of them have passed this year (for this year, and this is both democrats and republicans fault) and while I am not entirely convinced that government shutdown would be the worst thing in the world, it does beg the question…
Is there a better way?
I think so. First off, instead of funding the government through a mere 12 bills , fund the beast through sending bills for each department. Not only would this clean up the budget process (at least for us little people) but it would ensure that only those parts of the leviathan for which funding can’t be agreed upon shut down.
Some pretty sizable cuts have been proposed and agreed to by both sides for the DoD. There, pass a bill funding solely the Department of Defense.
The post office is largely, self funded, so there is little to cut here, fund the post office and the national parks service. Not many cuts are being proposed in either place, so why hold them up with everything else?
The EPA. Oh dear the EPA. A behemoth in and of its self. Last years budget had it grow 34%! The Repubs want some heavy cuts here, it’s already grown too big for it’s leash and collar, a muzzle is what it really needs. Pass a bill funding just the EPA than, and if the Dems don’t like the cuts they can hold it up, the Prez can veto it, either way the EPA shuts down, but everything else where agreements can be had keep their doors open.
Again, I’m not sure that a government shutdown would be the worst thing in the world, it might be good. When the sun still comes up Saturday morning maybe some people will ask the question: What were they borrowing 4 billion a day to pay for? Everything is okay! Maybe we can do with a little less government.
Than again, maybe not, we need more like a month with only essential services running to show people they can still wipe their own asses (without government assistance) if they really twy weally weally haawd.