Ending the year on a closed note


The immigration fight is ramping up again — or still, it seems — and the positions are such that the words “government shutdown” are being bandied about again.

Good. Let’s do this.

I understand that there is a great need in this world, and that we as people need to care for our fellow folks. But there’s helping people, and forcing people to help people.

There’s also the small matter of throwing out the baby with the bathwater, in that in the quest to be the savior of the world, we forget our own and let this country be overrun.

It’s this that’s at the crux of the current argument.

On the one hand, the Democrats, led by Chuck Shumer and Nancy Pelosi, want immigration reform and protection for DACA recipients. On the other, President Trump wants money to build a border wall to secure the south against the waves of immigrants that cross illegally into our country.

You know, the same fight that’s been happening for the last two years.

Since both sides are polarized, and no one will give an inch, the President is threatening to not sign any funding bills and shutting the government down. He’s since backed off his stance, but the problem remains.

To paraphrase the great movie “Airplane!,” I say let ‘em crash.

Seriously. We don’t need this drama anymore. We need representatives to actually put the country’s needs first. We need “leadership” that looks to America and not any global structures, that puts up other cultures and religions as things we as Americans need to aspire to.

We need to fix our spending problems. We face a crushing debt, annual deficits, and I can’t remember the last time the federal government actually passed a budget. It’s been kept alive with continuing resolutions for funding. That’s it.

We need to feed our people, help our needy, just as much if not more than a herd of people coming here. It also would be nice if someone, anyone, can tell me the sense of having open borders and just letting any and everyone in? Is this a country or a party with an open bar and free snacks?

Given that our government really doesn’t have the wherewithal to fix this problem — one that it created, mind you — it needs to shut down. Any business that can’t operate properly shutters itself, so why not our illustrious government?

The money that is saved by not paying for non-essential services of the more than 450 government agencies could help put a dent in that pesky debt, and maybe give our leaders the kick in the shorts they need to solve this problem. After all, that’s why they were elected, right?

Or, we can stop our petty bickering, begin acting like adults, and change our national discourse to one that is positive.

Happy New Year. I hope.

Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.