Thursday, April 7, 2011

Government Shutdown? Good can we stop paying Federal Taxes

Tomorrow the Continuing Resolution to fund our government for fiscal year 2011 runs out. The government is set to shut down at midnight, Friday 08 APR 2011. The president has vowed to veto any bill that defunds the pro death and pro illegal activity (read prostitution) organization Planned Parenthood. The President tells the Republicans to stop playing politics but who is playing ideological games? The President is intent on shutting the government down. This is a government shutdown of his choosing. My question is why would Americans continue to pay Federal taxes if the government is not providing the services in which we are paying taxes for?

I am thinking the Federal government should not be allowed to collect taxes on people if they are not in business. After all if the government is shut down shouldn’t the tax collectors be at home? If the unemployment checks stop because the unemployment offices are closed should we still have to pay taxes? How about gasoline taxes? If the government can’t offer any services then how can they demand that anyone pays taxes?

Really the question is this “how can a non existent entity collect income?”. That is what the question is because if the government is shut down then there really isn’t a government is there. The politicians can’t claim to be shut down and yet still be vital to the American public. Our politicians on both sides have run this country into the ground and yet they will still be there to collect taxes and not provide the services they promised.

Now for the most part I blame this shutdown on a disengaged President and the Democrats in Congress who refused to complete their work when it was due. This would not even be a topic of discussion this year if the Democrats lead by Pelosi in the House and Reid in the Senate had done their mandated duties last year. The problem is the Democrats knew they were in for a rude awakening in November and knew a bad budget would make their margin of defeat even larger. Bottom line here is the Democrats decided to punt. Now the Republicans for their part have passed two Continuing Resolutions that incrementally funded the government for a total of 5 weeks. The Republicans also passed a long term Continuing Resolution that funded the government through the end of the fiscal year. That is three plans the Republicans passed. The Democrats in the Senate for their part have not passed a single Continuing Resolution. The Democrats have no plan, not when they were supposed and not when they should have been negotiating a deal.

Charles Shumer can talk all he wants about how the Republicans are extreme and how the republicans are beholden to the tea party. The problem is the republicans have passed a plan. Where’s your Charles? Let there be no doubt both parties have gotten us into this mess. The problem right now is the Democrats who didn’t govern when they held both the legislative and executive branches want to blame the republicans in the House. Yet I don’t see a President that is engaged with anything other than campaigning for 2012 and golfing. I don’t see Democrats in the Senate developing an alternative. All the Senate is doing is parroting the Democratic leadership talking points because they can’t think for themselves.

Just answer one question. If our government shuts down why would we as Americans continue to pay taxes for an organization that is dysfunctional and has threaten to shut off the services it promised to provide?


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