The Foolishness of a Shutdown

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Friday, April 1, 2011

The Foolishness of a Shutdown

April 1, 2011

It’s April Fool’s Day, or as I like to call it, the atheist national holiday, because, “The fool has said in his heart ‘There is no god.’”

I won’t call him a fool, but New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer was caught on the phone discussing Democrats’ strategy to close the government in order to make Republicans look bad.

Sen. Schumer thought he was on a conference call with other Democrat senators. In fact, the conference call was with reporters. Schumer said, “From a partisan point of view, I think it would be the best thing in the world to have a shutdown.”

There is nothing there about doing what’s best for the country, namely cut spending. This is how the career politicians think: what’s best for their party and their careers, not what’s best for America.

Let’s remember this foolishness in the event Democrats shut the government.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.


The Foolishness of a Shutdown