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Last week was different. For the first time in six weeks, the U.S. government was back up and running on all cylinders. But aside from TSA agents and air traffic controllers no longer calling out sick due to the “blue flu,” were the daily lives of Americans last week that much different than they had been in weeks past? The unconventional, but honest answer is the day-to-day lives of Americans’ didn’t drastically change.
So now that the shutdown is a week in the rearview mirror, what lessons can be learned? Frankly, probably lessons that we knew well before the shutdown even began. First, the federal government is far too big and bloated and doesn’t efficiently meet the needs of its citizens.
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The shutdown demonstrated this in a couple of ways. On one hand, despite how large the government has become, the shutdown revealed how unnecessary parts of it are to sustain.
If anything, this prolonged shutdown demonstrated how well life could continue without a quarter of the government. And on the other hand, in the few areas where a lapse in government services did impact Americans, it provided a reminder that the private enterprise would be far better suited to carry out the tasks.
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This should be a wake-up call for politicians to think of creative ways to limit the impact of government in the daily life of the American people. One example that I’ve previously written about is privatizing the Transportation Security Administration. But that’s just one among many areas of the federal government that should be privatized. There are plenty of other areas that the private economy easily could handle, creating better efficiencies, stronger accountability, and incentivizing innovation.
A second lesson to come from the shutdown is in the form of what’s not being discussed. Even as the conference committee meets, no one...
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