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Opinion

Government employees should be prepared for shutdowns


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jan. 30, 2019 - 5:58 PM

Government shutdowns are nothing new.

There have been at least 17 since 1976. And the name, “shutdown,” is actually a misnomer. Non-essential workers only are furloughed which often begs the question of why they are on the payroll in the first place if they are non-essential.

Many decry the financial hardship of not getting a paycheck. But this begs yet another question. Why are they having a financial hardship? A little deductive reasoning here.

•Workers certainly know where their paycheck originates.

•They should know there have government shutdowns in the past.

•Logic suggests there will be government shutdowns in the future.

•Workers generally get paid for lost time after the shutdown.

•Therefore personal responsibility demands workers establish contingency funds for future shutdowns.

With limited exceptions – like medical, natural disasters, etc., why have workers failed to accumulate emergency funds? Why do they allow themselves to spend all their income and then some? Why can’t they just say, “No” to spending temptations and save for emergencies?

Again, with some exceptions, it seems to be a personal financial failing NOT to have emergency funds – or a failing of public education. While working, stash a little per paycheck away for the hard times by giving up the smokes, booze, Playstation, dining out and movie rentals to take care of yourself.

It is a failing of our society – starting with Democrat FDR and his alphabet soup programs in the 1930s – that too many have relied for too long on the government to care for them. Thomas Jefferson said, “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.”

Self-reliance and personal responsibility made our country great. Depending on government largess is dragging our country down to the level of banana republic socialist disasters.

Henry Ford convincingly said, “Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the American Government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.”

Ken Schaefer

Sharpsburg