The Government Is Closed, But America Is Still Open

Photo Credit: Lauri Väin

Photo Credit: Lauri Väin

Shutdown: The government is shut and the sky hasn’t fallen, just as the sequester didn’t invite Armageddon. It’s time to realize just how much of government can be permanently furloughed.

‘In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem,” Ronald Reagan said after taking the oath of office.

He pointed out that “we have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children’s future for the temporary convenience of the present.”

Sound familiar? And that was in 1981, when the deficit was under $80 billion, not $1 trillion as today; and the national debt was less than $1 trillion, not $17 trillion.

Government — more of it than ever — remains the problem today, more than it ever has.

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