Conservative Corner: If a Tree Falls in the Woods

By Dale Hummel

            We have all heard the philosophical question, “If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, does it still make a sound?”, however, even if the statement is not familiar to you, a version of the same thing seems to be happening with our government. The shutdown of the U.S. Government may make big news on cable TV; however, locally is it making barely more than a ripple.

            The budget woes are due to Congress Republicans and Senate Democrats along with the Obama Administration not agreeing on the fate of the Affordable Health Care Act, or Obamacare. The Democrats say that the health care act is the law of the land and is as much a part of the government as anything else. The Republicans call Obamacare an overpriced, train wreck that will damage the country and the health care system. It is the hope of the Republicans that Obamacare will be defunded and help produce the first fiscal budget in nearly 8 years without wrecking our economy even more.

            With the disagreement of the budget, the government ran out of time and was forced to close down some of their offices. The shutdown of certain branches of the United States Government, depending on your view, has either been a travesty or a great way to reduce an already overbearing government and find out what services we really need and which ones we can do without.

            Some of the government services that have been affected by the “Battle of the Budget” are call centers, hotlines and regional offices that help veterans understand their benefits, all of America’s national parks and monuments are closed, new applications for small business loans and loan guarantees will stop, and research into life-threatening diseases and other areas will stop, according to

            Some of those areas may affect the LBCC students, staff and faculty, but for the most part the hype seems confined to the East Coast and people directly connected to government jobs. For those students on campus who maybe worrying about financial aid, the LBCC Financial Aid Office tells us things are still going ok. Elaine Robinson of financial aid says, “It’s still business as usual. We are keeping a close eye for whatever happens. Until then, we don’t know and we keep on processing loans”.

            So for those of us not directly involved with the government in some way life goes on unscathed and without the doom and gloom cable TV and the Democrat law makers made it out to be. Actually many key government services still go on.

            People on social security will continue to receiving checks, postal service will continue, active military will continue to guard our country, air traffic controllers, prison guards, and border patrol agents will keep working and NASA will continue to monitor the Universal Space Station. If more information is needed on what government services are closed because of the shutdown, you can call toll-free at 1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636). And yes, the number will be operational during the government shutdown.

            Whatever your opinion may be on Obamacare, one thing is for sure, the new health care act is the primary cause for the budget ailments. The Republicans try to pass bills to keep key services open for the public during this troubling time; however, Democrats seem to think it’s “all or nothing”. So for those who blame the Republicans for the shutdown, remember, not one single Republican voted for the law. It was passed with a Democrat majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

            No matter whom the blame falls on for the shutdown or whether or not you support Obamacare, I just have one question; does the government shutdown really affect you? If a government office in Washington D.C. closes and we here on the West Coast are not directly affected does it really matter?

Maybe this government shutdown is just what we need to weed out the worthless government offices and services that do nothing for the country but waist money.  Just think of how much money could be saved if we could “trim the fat” from our Federal Government and perhaps fix the economy.





About D.K. Hummel
I am a dis-placed Alaskan, Ham radio operator, Broadcaster/DJ, Seahawk fan, Alaska Aces fan, U.S. Army Vet, and a conservative; but not always in that order.

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