Friday, July 22, 2011

Minnesota Government Shut-Down

What Have We Learned?

Now that the state is again funded, I am wondering about a few things.  Am I just way out of touch with economic reality, or is common sense not an attribute of our governmental leaders?  

I’d like some answers to the following questions:

  1. Why do state agencies that bring in revenue shut down when money shortage is the issue?
  2. Don’t these agencies bring in enough to cover their own operation?
  3. Couldn’t they operate like a ship at sea?  If they loose communications with their land base, doesn’t the captain take over and proceed?  The ship’s engines aren’t just shut down to let it drift and wreck on the rocks.
  4. Wouldn’t it be wise to create a plan to have such agencies “self-navigate” in the event of a government shut-down? At least the money would still be collected.  
If the chickens are still laying, at least collect the eggs, even if you don’t have bacon to go with ‘em.  Is my thinking wrong here?  Or are the politicians less savvy than a hungry chicken farmer?

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