One of the things you hear about from time to time are worries about a government shutdown. The Congress and the president always seem to find a way to avoid it. And, those ways always involve increasing the debt.
I got an idea. Let the government shut down.
No, I'm serious.
You see, the government doesn't really shut down. All but essential services are stopped.
Think about that. Let that sink in.
Essential government services continue.
And that's the clue to the entire problem: the government is performing non-essential services.
I've actually had this discussion with people. When I mention that the government shouldn't be performing non-essential services, they counter with "Oh, but people are dependent on those services!"
Really. They're justifying non-essential services by citing people that are so screwed up they can't survive without them. But here's the thing: they can. The services are non-essential. That means -- and this is the part that so many people don't seem to grasp -- the services are not essential.
Oh, sure, there'll be problems. But there will be problems anyway. The question is, when is the best time to deal with them: now, while they're huge. Or later, when they're even more huge.
Like Sarah Connor said, there's a storm coming.