If they don't deal with the long term debt problem in this country, the problems we face in the future will be much worse.<quoted text>
"I'm not gonna cry in my beer over some government worker who's getting an extra paid vacation."
You should cry in your beer, for several reasons. Despite what you claim, I am telling you there will not be back pay for all those employees. You are clumping several different segments of "government" employees into one. Get more informed before you make bad assumptions. Talk to someone who really knows...oh that's right, you are :)
Yeah, everyone has it bad. And it's going to get worse. And instead of taking the negative "so what, everyone's suffering" stance, we should be looking at what we're going to do about our dysfunctional government and the negative ramifications this is having on our economy and country, and tell them we've had enough.
This shut down is going to cost taxpayers millions in recovery when congress finally pulls their head out. Our national security programs are going to take a nasty hit and the recovery will cost millions more. Look at what some of these labs do in critical threat reduction, homeland security and weapons viability programs and activities. Do we really want those shut down for an indefinite amount of time? I sure as hell don't.
In 1970, 20% of federal budget was spent on entitlements
In 2010, 47% was spent on entitlements
For 2014, Obama proposed spending 53%.
The republicans should have never made this about Obamacare it should have been all about debt and they should have demanded a cut to entitlements equal to the amount we are spending on Obamacare. Then the democrats can go back and tell all the folks back home why we just needed to have Obamacare at the cost of cutting other entitlements.
They need to draw a line in the sand and demand that entitlement growth stop. They need to draw a line in the sand and refuse to stop spending more and more of the federal budget on just paying for folks to exist. Folks need to pay for themselves to exist and stop standing with their hands out asking for the government to take care of them like their mommy and daddy used to.
If they dont, in 20 years when the federal government is spending 70-75% of its budget on entitlements and 10-15% on servicing debt, there is going to be almost no money for education, police, scientists, infrastructure, the military, and things that benefit all of us as opposed to things that just benefit folks who want shyte for free for themselves. And contrary to what most democrats think, theres just not enough 1%ers to tax our way out of the problem. The only way we will be able to tax our way out of the problem is to raise taxes very high on everyone, which would pretty much destroy the middle class and destroy the incentive for most folks to be anything but become a ward of the state.
This is where the democrats will take us if nothing is done. It is far better to do it now, feel some pain, than wait until it collapses under its own weight.