Recorded on April 6, 2011
It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.
As Washington dickers about a partial government shutdown, both sides hope to sway public opinion in their favor. Although only about one-fourth of federal workers would be furloughed, but nobody wants the blame for causing hardship for anybody.
The mythology from the last shutdown says that Republicans would lose and the President would win the public relations battle. But things are different from when that happened 15 years ago.
The annual deficit now is ten times larger than it was then. The total national debt is about three times larger. Government is much much bigger, and many voters demand that we downsize it. One poll says 57 percent approve a shutdown if it will bring reduced spending.
The lines are clearly drawn to show who wants smaller government, and who is protecting big government.
For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.