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Government shutdown exposes redundancy in Washington

The partial government shutdown goes on with little hope of resolution. Democrats want to test Donald Trump’s resolve on border wall funding by proposing a plan to reopen the government without any money for a wall. With Trump having gone this far, you would think he’ll maintain his position despite the daily headlines of people starving in the streets, old people getting kicked out of their homes. health care being denied to babies because there’s no money, and…

Wait. Those headlines don’t exist. Part of the reason is that 75% of government is fully funded through next September. But another reason why this shutdown isn’t impacting citizens is that much of government is unnecessary and redundant.

Christopher Buskirk:

Maybe what we learned from the shutdown is that for all of the talk, all of the money, all of the skyrocketing debt, the federal government is mostly non-essential. The State Department? Mostly unnecessary and designed for another era. If the president wants to talk to the leader of Burkina Faso, he can send him an email. Instead of the diplomacy in service of American interests, State has become mostly a colonial office for our post Cold War policy of moral imperialism.

Read the full story from American Thinker

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