“The political class breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the U.S. Senate averted a government shutdown by passing the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill,” notes Ron Paul in a column at CNBC.
“This year’s omnibus resembles omnibuses of Christmas past in that it was drafted in secret, was full of special interest deals and disguised spending increases, and was voted on before most members could read it.”
That’s pathetic, Paul says.
“Instead of panicking over a limited shutdown, a true pro-liberty Congress would be eagerly drawing up plans to permanently close most of the federal government.”
“What would I shut down if given the opportunity for it to have any meaning?” he mused at Voices of Liberty.com.
“First, the Fed. No more welfare for the rich.
“Second, the IRS. Let the people keep all of their earnings and spend their money in their own interest.
“Third, abolish the NSA, the TSA, the CIA and all spying on American citizens.
“Spending would stop, no federal printing presses and no stolen money from the people would end entitlements, which mostly go to the rich.
“And all of our wars — we would come home from the 150 countries where we have troops stationed.
Concludes Paul: “Now that’s a government shutdown that would not go unnoticed and something to be proud of!”