Harry Reid can’t even quote George Orwell correctly. It is not up is down. It is war is peace, freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength.
Especially ignorance is strength, as Larry Elder points out in a recent column.
He quoted former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor as saying in a recent speech, “Less than one-third of eighth-graders can identify the historical purpose of the Declaration of Independence, and it’s right there in the name. … The more I read and the more I listen, the more apparent it is that our society suffers from an alarming degree of public ignorance.”
Elder concludes: “This is good news for the left,” because the ill-informed are more easily swayed by emotional arguments.
The ignorant might believe a government shutdown is a bad thing.
But as Investor’s Business Daily states, “If we can do without nearly 900,000 ‘non-essential’ personnel today with all their costly benefits and accruing pensions, why not tomorrow? And next week? And next year?”
Besides, thousands of federal employees were added under Obama’s watch. Perhaps it is time to cut back to the number of federal workers needed just a few years ago.
Not only has the cost of federal government grown collectively, but also individually. USA Today reported a couple of years ago federal workers averaged pay and benefits amounting to $123,049 in 2009 while private workers made $61,051 in total compensation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The federal compensation advantage grew from $30,415 in 2000 to $61,998 in 2009.
During past shutdowns federal workers were given back pay for the days they were off — essentially paid vacation.
Federal workers were seen as “blameless victims” of a political fight, but will that be the case this time?
Elder adds to the victim theme, “Democrats win because their narrative works on an emotional level — us against them. Bad, selfish people — known as Republicans — want to stop the good and the decent — known as Democrats — from their right to health care, right to a job, right to a job with a ‘livable wage’ and the right to not only enjoy one’s own lifestyle but to brand critics as racists, sexists or homophobes.”