Surprise! Whatever the ‘Cost’ of the Shutdown, Obama Made It Worse

If you watched or read any news regarding the recent partial government shut-down, which was solely and falsely blamed on Congressional Republicans, then you were told that it cost us $24 Billion.

That sounds like a lot of money to the average person and it most certainly is.

However, that figure is little more than spit in a bucket next to what it costs to run the government for any other 16-day period, which was the length of time the shut-down lasted.

The people who are quoting this figure are doing their dead-level best to convince the American people that the government shutdown actually added $24 Billion to our national debt.

But let’s look at the facts.

According to the best figures I can acquire, which are from 2011, the federal government spends approximately $10.5 billion a day, every day.

Had the government continued to operate, without the partial shut-down, the Obama administration would have spent $168 Billion for the same 16-day period.

Therefore, the government shutdown actually saved the budget $144 Billion for that same 16-days in October.

Now, in regards to the cost of the shut-down, the price was undoubtedly a lot higher than it needed to be.

And that reason can be solely laid at the feed of President Barack Obama.

Here are some examples:

— In Washington D.C, Obama deliberately instructed the Park Service to call out additional officers, install steel barriers, and employ German shepherd dogs to keep crippled and infirmed World War II veterans from seeing the open-air monument constructed to honor their service in defeating Hitler and the Japanese.

— Simply to be a hardship to American tourists and sight-seers, Obama ordered the Park Service personnel in South Dakota to close down roads that gave visitors a distant glimpse of Mount Rushmore.

— On our coastlines, the president even demanded the employment of additional officers, trying to stop commercial fishing boats from going out on international waters.

I am certainly not so naïve that I think the government shut-down did no harm to a few non-governmental citizens, particularly to private businesses that were established in the local vicinity of our National Parks.

No doubt these businesses suffered some loss of revenue due to the shut-down; however, those hardships were greatly multiplied due to the president’s needless and costly decisions to make the impact greater on those everyday American citizens he routinely claims to fight for.

The impact on these businesses was much worse than it needed to be because of this: the president cares much more about winning the battle than he does about winning our trust.

The government shut-down, like the Sequester, hasn’t cost our country any money.

In all reality, it has actually slowed — albeit temporarily — the growth of our National Debt.

No matter what you might think of the Republican Party, your opinion does not change the irrefutable fact that the GOP sponsored legislation that would have funded EVERY single department of our federal government, except for Obamacare.

In addition, Congress has already voted to pay back every single employee for this 16-day loss of their governmental salary.

I find it incredible when millions of Americans in private industry have already suffered cut-backs, lay-offs, and job closings, those employed by the federal government want us to feel sorry for them because they were required to go on a two-week, paid vacation.

What the government shut-down and the Sequester have really shown us is that we spend way too much on government!

And if millions of Americans routinely find it necessary to significantly cut their household budgets in order to survive, why can’t Obama do the same?

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R.G. Yoho

About the author, R.G. Yoho: R.G. Yoho is a Western author who has published seven books, including “Death Comes to Redhawk,” along with a non-fiction work entitled “America’s History is His Story.” View all articles by R.G. Yoho

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