Richard Ebeling emails:
My latest article on the website of the Future of Freedom Foundation is on, “Government Shutdowns, If Only It Was True.”
The seemingly short-lived federal government “shutdown,” was in fact nothing of the sort. All the similar episodes over the last few decades have been nothing but smoke and mirrors, with virtually all aspects of the government continuing to operate: “national security” and the military; the entitlement programs; and the regulatory state. And Congressmen, of course, keep getting their salaries.
It is all political positioning by Republicans, Democrats and whoever is occupying the White House to play to their, respective, special interest groups and ideological supporters.
In this instance, it is all part of the game, this time focused “immigration policy”: who is deserving to be allowed into the country and with what hoped-for political biases to gain votes from future immigrant voters if and when they become citizens. Both Democrats and Republicans pursue policies based on their own, respective, “race consciousness” concerning which racial and ethic groups are more likely to vote their way.
Once more lost in the debate is the idea of thinking of people as individuals, whether citizen or not, and why government should be concerned with protecting each person’s right to life, liberty and honestly acquired property, and not counting heads based on tribal and collectivist categories and classifications.