The latest government shutdown drama has me yawning. The stakes are high, I know, and if the other side gets its way, then yadda, yadda, yadda. We’ve heard it all before – especially in recent years. I know I’m supposed to get worked up at the idea that the Republicans are threatening to shut down the federal government, but the threat has been overplayed, and I’m just not interested.
Besides, I’ve seen what the Democrats do with these games of chicken: They play the chicken. That’s how we got to the point where the Democrats are now begging John Boehner for permission to have draconian sequestration-level spending. It’s pathetic.
Amidst all of the hand-wringing about the failure of the House Republicans to fund the federal budget, there’s just one question that captures my attention: How long will it be after the government shutdown begins before I can pick up a telephone or send an email without worrying that military spies from the NSA are listening in?
Really, if the politicians in Congress were serious about cutting budgets and preventing the growth of big government power, don’t you think they’d be going after the National Security Agency?