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Government Shutdown

Recorded on February 23, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

Government shutdown. The very term is misleading.

Federal spending has skyrocketed the last two years, so the Republican House wants to save a few billion of the $1.6-trillion annual deficit. The Democratic Senate opposes cuts and President Obama says he'll veto all spending rather than accepting a reduced amount.

Unless it's resolved by March 4th, we're told it produces a shutdown. But many federal workers would still be kept on the job. The military. Border control. Air traffic controllers. Airport screeners. All whose jobs are involved with protecting life and property. Others would face short-term furloughs.

We just experienced a 24-hour federal shutdown to celebrate Presidents' Day. Yet most of us were able to go about our business normally. No, a government shutdown over spending is not a good thing; but it's also not the end of the world.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.