Conservatives and liberals know the United States of America is being governed in a way that would be unrecognizable to its Founding Fathers. The difference is that liberals just donât give a damn.
The Constitutionâs framework, for those whose remembrance of it has been clouded by decades of a government whose resemblance to it is but a murky memory at this point, is based on âpowers delegatedâŠto the federal government [that] are few and definedâ (James Madison). We are well beyond that. And it might be because we are so sensitive.
Limited to me (am I crazy?) means the non-essential parts are stripped out. When my suitcase is limited so I donât have to pay to have it checked, the non-essentials are left out, things I donât really need, and well, probably wonât miss.
The Washington Post yesterday, though, in its Wonkblog explaining how the government shutdown works, explained that âessentialâ parts of the government will stay open. Apparently the wording to delineate âessentialâ and ânon-essentialâ government workers âwas tweaked in 1995 because ânon-essentialâ seemed a bit hurtful.â Â âThe preferred term,â declares the Post sensibly, ânowadays is âexceptedâ and ânon-excepted.ââ
Money people make purchases with when they have cash to spare to buy things not considered essential (“luxury items”) is called “disposable income.” I guess our government is just living in the lap of luxury– paying non-essential people to perform non-essential tasks. Disposable income? Why not? We can afford it, right?
The truth hurts, guys. Guess what, âhundreds of thousands of workers,â youâre not necessary. Nor did the Founders want you. Don’t go away mad; just go away.
But, being the soft-hearted girl that I am, since non-essential is âa bit hurtful,â I propose we refer to the shutdown employees not as ânon-essential,â but as âdisposable workersâ or as âluxury people.â
Whatever you call them, they werenât in the Foundersâ vision.
Teresa Mull is the managing editor of Human Events.Â