Oct 01 2013
The greater DC area is pretty immune to economic down turns. We who are fortunate to bask in the light of the all-knowing (sarcasm on full) are protected against the foolishness of DC’s policy mistakes the rest of the nation suffers.
Ed Morrissey notes an enlightening Washington Post article that points this out in spades, and also highlights the Achilles’ Heel of Democrat hopes “The Shut Down” is going to be blamed on the GOP – or even seen as bad thing outside the bubble of the beltway:
Washington, a company town unlike any other in America, was on the verge of grinding to a standstill late Monday. And with the factory about to be shuttered, here’s what the dawn could bring: More than 700,000 federal workers idled in and around the District; battalions of frustrated tourists locked out of museums; rush-hour commutes that feel like Sunday morning and countless worried merchants wringing their hands.
The Capital of the Free World: Closed till further notice.
Immune from the worst of a recession that battered the rest of the nation in recent years, U.S. government employees in this U.S. government town know they’ll be disproportionately impacted if nonessential federal offices and programs are shut down at midnight in the spending impasse between Congress and the White House.
So how is it the rest of the nation is going to feel pity and angst for all those government workers and politicians who brought us years and years of economic madness? I am not saying Americans are cruel, but many will be thinking “now you know how it feels, and maybe now you will think before you throw crap on Main Street”
Worse yet, what happens if “The Shut Down” goes the way of the Sequestration Cuts? Most people are completely unaware Sequestrations is still in effect. Yet the sky did not fall as the Chicken Little Left predicted!Will American notice?
There have been 17 shut downs since 1976. How many times can you cry “Wolf!” before Main Street stops reacting?
And it gets worse yet for the Democrats. Their line in the sand is the very unpopular Obamacare. A government solution that is set to wipe out a health care system 85% of Americans liked and supported:
In the US before passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 85% of Americans had existing health-care coverage — and 87% were happy with it. In fact, half of the uninsured were happy with their health care. Overhauling the system that satisfied 85% of Americans in order to do something with half of the 15% unhappy with their situation only made sense if the 85% could be assured that their situation would remain the same. Of course, that was nonsense all along.
Too bad the AP couldn’t have done more fact-checking along those lines before now.
Flip this data around and it means 85% of the people who were happy have the potential to be really unhappy with the dawn of Obamacare! I know I am so far – premiums are skyrocketing. Not to mention what Obamacare is doing to the nature of jobs overall – making us a nation of part time employed:
But what really shows what is going on in America at least in 2013, is the following summary: of the 953K jobs “created” so far in 2013, only 23%, or 222K, were full-time. Part-time jobs? 731K of the 953K total.
Emphasis in original. More here (from the UK media since the US media is in full CYA mode):
US employers slashing worker hours to avoid Obamacare insurance mandate
Trend sparks fears among low-paid workers that they will be hit twice: by having earnings cut and paying more for healthcare
So we have a shutdown that finally brings the fruits (rotten as they are) of liberal economics home to the inside the beltway crowd, which I would wager will be greeted by the rest of Americans with a huge shrug of “join the crowd“. The gems of the government will be shut down (museums, parks, etc), but Obamacare will be the one federal program sitting high – like a beacon.
Or will it be more like a lightening rod for the years of economic frustration that have been brewing over the last 5 years or so? Only time will tell.
Update: This comment over at Hot Air sums up the realistic response nicely:
Let the Hunger Games begin.
faraway on October 1, 2013 at 9:34 AM