This Lights My Fuse Every Time


Here we go again!

Here’s another rant about procrastination, except this time it’s about that of lawmakers in the U.S.

It gets down to the wire regularly with the threat of shutting down the government, if our elected official don’t do their job in time.

Since Congress plays Political Monopoly with passing or killing every piece of forthcoming legislation, the U.S. is on the verge of yet another governmental closure, if a decision is not made by this Friday’s deadline.

Every six months, last-minute action has been the norm from the politicians’ wrangling, issuing temporary stopgap measures instead of coming together to fund the government for the entire fiscal year; yet, is it they who suffer? Their paychecks aren’t delayed as a result of a governmental closure, are they?

The last time a full shutdown occurred was for 16 days in 2013, when the cost incurred by the U.S. economy was $24 billion. In their article on October, 17, 2013, Time Magazine itemized the damages to be:

  • About $3.1 billion in lost government services, according to the research firm IHS
  • $152 million per day in lost travel spending, according to the U.S. Travel Association
  • $76 million per day lost because of National Parks being shut down, according to the National Park Service
  • $217 million per day in lost federal and contractor wages in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area alone

The ones truly effected by this are the country’s citizens, not the legislators who were elected to protect the former’s interests; however, the latter seem to be concerned only about their own party’s interests. Negative turbulence for investors in the Stock Market is another given.

Please contact your elected officials to let them know you’re sick and tired of worrying about this, and for them to do their jobs by avoiding an unnecessary governmental shutdown.

That’s my opinion. What’s yours?

Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to sneak in an additional mini-rant for the week, and for your continued support.

About Mike Slickster

As an early retiree with an honorary doctorate degree from the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks," this upcoming author with a lot of free time on his hands utilizes his expansive repertoire for humorous yet tragic, wildly creative writing that contains years of imaginative fantasy, pure nonsense, classic slapstick, extreme happiness and searing heartbreak; gathered by a wealth of personal experiences throughout his thrilling—sometimes mundane or unusually horrid—free-spirited, rock-'n'-roller-coaster ride around our beloved Planet Earth. Mike Slickster's illustrious quest continues, living now in Act Three of his present incarnation, quite a bit on the cutting edge of profundity and philosophical merriment as seen through his colorful characters, most notably evident in the amusing Thirty Days Across the Big Pond series, all of which can be found at
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