Tag: Government Shutdown

The Government Shutdown: Rough Seas for Investors

Nickolas Roberson | United States

“NOTICE: Due to a lapse in federal funding this website is not being updated.” That’s the large, menacingly red statement that one reads as they access portions of the websites for the United States Census Bureau (USCB) or Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Investors, entrepreneurs, and economists all rely on government data to make market decisions. Yet with the government shutdown, this data is unavailable.

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National Parks Are Kicking Out Libertarians… For Cleaning Them Up

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

The government shutdown has turned into the longest one in United States history. The consequences have included our TSA not being paid (scary!) and the National Parks losing funding. In addition, the FDA is shut down. So amidst the constant slew of overdoses on cheap EpiPens and terrorist attacks, some kind-hearted libertarians decided to step up to the plate and do their part for nature.

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Recapping President Trump’s Address to the Nation

Josh Hughes | United States

Tuesday night, President Trump gave his first national address to the nation from the oval office. The speech, which lasted just over 11 minutes, did not solve the stalemate between the House and Trump. Rather, it repeated the same rhetoric that Trump has used throughout the government shutdown.

Citing a “humanitarian and security crisis” as a reason for the address, President Trump outlined many reasons he believes Congress should accept his budget proposal. The beginning of the speech gave an overview of the opioid and drug crisis in America. Specifically, the president declared, “This year, more Americans will die of drug overdoses than in the entirety of the Vietnam War,”. Statistics from national archives confirm this, with over 72,000 and 58,000 deaths, respectively.

Stopping Drugs and Human Trafficking

Trump claimed that a wall along the border would stop the flow of drugs into America. He also focused on other things it would stop, such as human trafficking. An interesting talking point he did not touch on is the claim that terrorists were getting into the country via the southern border. This assertion has received considerable backlash in recent weeks.

Another large part of the speech hit on violence in America due to illegal immigration. The president mentioned the killing of Ronil Singh, the California police officer that an illegal immigrant killed. He also mentioned the recent “beheading” of a Georgia man by an illegal immigrant. This section of the speech was heavy with emotion.

To close out the address to the nation, he made a call for action. Trump implored Democrats to accept the bill that he and other top officials have proposed. He also asked the people to call their local representatives and demand they accept the deal, calling it an issue of national security.

Action from Trump’s Address to the Nation

It is unclear what will happen next. The president has said that he has invited Democratic leaders to speak with him on Wednesday. Yet, this is no guarantee that they will come to an agreement.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that the president is fearmongering to get a deal rather than stating facts. Thus, so one can assume that House Democrats will continue to resist the president’s proposals.

The main takeaways from the night’s address to the nation are that the president did not declare a state of emergency, as he had previously suggested. Also, there was little progress between Trump and the Democrats as both sides refuse to budge. Many are claiming the speech was just an attempt to incite fear for political gain, and that it was a misuse of a national Oval Office address. Others, though, consider it necessary to ensure national security.


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IRS To Issue Tax Refunds During Government Shutdown

By James Sweet III | United States

The Internal Revenue Service, despite previous reports stating that the agency would take money but not give any back, will issue tax refunds during the current government shutdown. Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Russel Vought, brought relief to the citizens of the nation when he announced to reporters that “tax refunds will go out.”

The previous plan was for the IRS to take in tax returns. However, refunds would not be given out until the government was fully functioning again. Lawmakers were feeling the pressure of filing season, with many receiving calls about when the government would be functioning again. Constituents were worried that their families would not receive refunds when they needed them, giving members of Congress a reason to find a speedy and efficient solution to the problem of government funding.

In the first week of the filing season of the previous year, around eighteen million Americans claimed $12.6 billion in refunds. The filing season of this year begins on January 28th. If President Trump’s rhetoric is true, then the shutdown may still be ongoing by then.

To Republicans, this is a positive event, as they can now continue to pressure Democrats in both the House and the Senate to find money for President Trump’s border wall. Some also believe that this will allow American citizens to see the effects of the current tax laws, something that the GOP has said they had a hard time doing. To Democrats, this is something that distracts the people from the fact that Republicans are holding the government hostage. According to Senator Doug Jones of Alabama, “It’s a band-aid to try to make people feel better about the fact that the government is not functioning.”


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The Hysteria Over the Government Shutdown

By Adam Burdzy | United States

Today, I woke up. I took a shower, cleaned up the house a bit, and went about with my morning. While going through my routine, I was listening to the radio, and it turns out that the government of the United States is in a shutdown.

I wouldn’t have known that such an event was underway unless I was told. In today’s society, media is picking up on this like the little boy who cried wolf. They are making a mountain out of a molehill, calling this an evil act done by President Trump, and using the same names they used when Trump announced that he is running for president back in 2015. We are being told this is affecting us, but does it really?

You shouldn’t cry about the government shutdown. If anything, you should celebrate, maybe open up a bottle of campaign and snuggle up in a Don’t Tread on Me Blanket (only 13 bucks on Amazon) with your favorite Ron Paul book (I recommend The Revolution: A Manifesto). This is every Conservative/Libertarians dream. The government, which is way too big, has reduced itself to what it deems necessary. According to the BBC, about 25% of the US federal government isn’t being funded. Also, nine departments have been affected (Commerce, Homeland Security, Housing, Interior, Justice, Agriculture, Treasury). To add to that, around 800,000 federal workers are now furloughed.

I say, why stop there? Why not make the government even smaller, privatize most of the government departments, and remove those departments that use our taxpayer dollars to fund ridiculous projects, such as the 2010 study (if you can even call it that) performed by the National Endowment of the Humanities which went into serious extensive research to “explore the fascinating, often contradictory origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs, and Internet fan-fiction.” This burning pile of Jefferson’s was called the Popular Romance Project, which studies Romance in culture. How much did this cost the people? Only a mere $194,000.

But the smug congresspeople sitting in Washington look past this and tell you that because of evil Trump, people aren’t working, and aren’t making money. However, if they cared so much about the 800,000 people who are furloughed, shouldn’t they write a bill stating that if a shutdown were to occur, those people would still be given wages to earn a living? Being furloughed is something one must take into consideration when applying for a government job. Point of the story, don’t get a government job. Go work in the private sector.

This government shutdown can be beneficial for small government advocates. It is a great way of exposing those who believe that their entire life revolves around the government. People need to realize that there is so much more than government handouts that play any type of role in a person’s life.


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