LP.org: ‘Government shutdown a symptom of terrible management’

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If you don't rein in government, who will?

It’s no secret that Libertarians believe the federal government does too much. Everyone who can read a balance sheet agrees that the federal government does more than it can afford to do, spending far more money than it takes in. The two old parties have worked reliably together for decades to increase the budget deficit and our national debt to crisis levels. The Libertarian Party is the only political party that has consistently called for spending reductions to get the federal government to live within its means.

Shutting down a few departments for a few weeks is not the way to do it.

The president is throwing the lives of thousands of federal workers into turmoil not because he wants to reduce spending, but because he wants to increase spending on one particular pet program. Congress is not interested in taking on its responsibility to balance our country’s budget and make choices about what the federal government should and shouldn’t do with the limited resources it has; it just doesn’t like the news stories about closed national parks.

When faced with tough financial conditions, good managers evaluate priorities and make tough choices to keep the organization moving forward. If that means layoffs and cuts, they make a plan, talk to their staff about the plan, and never forget that they are impacting the lives and livelihoods of people. Bad managers do the opposite.

Bad managers in the private sector drive their companies into the ground and eventually pay for their arrogance by losing their jobs and money. Bad managers in government drive the country into the ground, with the American people losing their jobs and money.

If we want something better for our children and grandchildren, it’s time for some bad managers to hear “You’re fired!” and replace them with Libertarians.

Nicholas Sarwark

Nicholas Sarwark
Chair, Libertarian National Committee

18 thoughts on “LP.org: ‘Government shutdown a symptom of terrible management’

  1. paulie Post author

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  2. William T. Forrest

    Unlike government employees, those working for federal contractors through private businesses are not likely to get back pay and may well lose their jobs.

    I’ve read that the federal courts will run out of money by January 11. Does that also mean federal prisons? And if they do what happens to the prisoners – transported to state and county jails? Released? Left without guards, supply deliveries or medical care?

    In late January food stamps wouldn’t go out so I would expect riots, but then Trump has already said he is thinking of declaring a national emergency.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/01/presidential-emergency-powers/576418/

    Meanwhile…Arvin Vohra believes federal employees and contractors are welfare parasites. Combined with his earlier statement about sterilizing welfare recipients I guess that was also mean government employees and contractors at all levels (teachers, cops, military, firefighters, politicians, school janitors, disability recipients, DMV clerks, postal workers, doctors and nurses at county hospitals, doesn’t matter – get a government check, you get snipped):

    Arvin Vohra
    18 hrs ·

    Recently, the Libertarian Party put out a message that pointed out how the shut down was throwing the lives of federal workers into turmoil. It’s hard for me to see how that’s a bad thing.

    I agreed with the rest of the article, that pursuing more spending for a stupid wall is a waste of money. But the idea that Federal “Workers” are somehow innocent victims in all this is absurd.

    Working for the government is morally wrong. At the very least, you’re getting money that’s stolen through taxation. In addition, most federal agencies are actively harmful. HUD produces urban blight. The FDA blocks access to medicine. The Department of Education drives the cost of college up, and the quality of education down.

    Inconveniencing Federal “Workers” is about the same as inconveniencing parasites.

    If elected, I will fire most Federal Workers permanently, and cut your taxes accordingly.

    Respectfully,

    Arvin Vohra
    Candidate for President
    Author of Pull Out: Men, Modern Life, and Mutiny

  3. Anthony Dlugos

    idiot.

    He’s saying working for the government is morally wrong whilst running for public office.

    I guess he’s calling himself a wanna-be parasite.

  4. paulie Post author

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/01/presidential-emergency-powers/576418/

    Scary shit at any time and doubly so with Agent Orange von Bonespur in office.

    I’ve read that the federal courts will run out of money by January 11. Does that also mean federal prisons? And if they do what happens to the prisoners – transported to state and county jails? Released? Left without guards, supply deliveries or medical care?

    Interesting question. I’m guessing transferred on loan to state prisons, but those may not have the facilities to house them all, or some infamous prisoners from Florence Supermax for example.

    Meanwhile…Arvin Vohra believes federal employees and contractors are welfare parasites. Combined with his earlier statement about sterilizing welfare recipients I guess that was also mean government employees and contractors at all levels (teachers, cops, military, firefighters, politicians, school janitors, disability recipients, DMV clerks, postal workers, doctors and nurses at county hospitals, doesn’t matter – get a government check, you get snipped)

    Sadly off the deep end.

    Author of Pull Out: Men, Modern Life, and Mutiny

    Haven’t read it or even seen a review. Guessing it’s “mens movement” claptrap?

  5. Jared

    Vohra doesn’t merely oppose the state’s existence. He literally, openly hates–wishes ill upon–anyone who relies on or consentually benefits from government services.

    This man is toxic.

  6. Gina

    Yes, because the cafeteria worker employed by private federal contractor is responsible for the state and deserves to lose her job because the president has a tantrum about the wall. Granted in some ideal world maybe her company would have to find some other client but we don’t live in that world and how is that her fault?

  7. dL

    but because he wants to increase spending on one particular pet program.

    Yeah, Trump has refused to sign anything unless he gets his border wall. What ‘s a good libertarian to do? Cave? In order to ” make tough choices to keep the organization moving forward”? I don’t agree at all with this release. Not one of Sarwark’s finest moments.

    Vohra should be persona non grata in the LP.

  8. Anthony Dlugos

    “Vohra should be persona non grata in the LP.”

    Of course.

    Unfortunately, “should be” is the key phrase here.

    The LP and libertarianism seems to have a recurring problem attracting truly noxious people and ideas.

    I’m not talking about “What is Aleppo?” I’m talking about “even in my little town of Lake Jackson, Texas, I’ve urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self defense… for the animals are coming.” [Ron Paul Newsletters]

    The real problem going forward is that the Vohra-type bells can’t be unrung. (Neither can, to some extent, “What is Aleppo?”, but that’s not nearly as bad.)

    Bomb-throwing Vohra still apparently intends to run for President. Its quite possible he could cause substantial problems for us and our 2020 nominee.

    I’m all ears on solutions, but whatever it is, it needs to be one that ensures people like Vohra and his hate-filled rhetoric don’t even bother to come around in the first place.

  9. Jared

    I do think a primary debate between Arvin Vohra and Bill Weld would be entertaining, that is, once the vomit clears.

  10. paulie Post author

    Kim Ruff and Vermin Supreme will wipe the floor with both of them. Even odds on whether Kokesh will be in or out of custody at debate time. McAffee will be in the hospital receiving medical care after eating his own dick after losing his bitcoin price bet and having overly rough sex with whales.

  11. paulie Post author

    Comments during site switchover:

    William T. Forrest
    January 6, 2019 at 21:14
    Still unanswered is the question of whether and when the shutdown will cause a problem for the operation of federal prisons. It’s hard to imagine the federal prison system releasing prisoners because prison staff is not being paid and too many stop showing up for their jobs to keep the facilities running. It’s equally hard to imagine prisoners left unguarded, without supplies, food or medical care. It’s possible some could be taken to state or county facilities, but those are by and large overcrowded as it is, and what would be the incentive for them to take large numbers of federal inmates without being paid to do so and in facilities not built for it?

    Keep in mind that federal inmates include serial killers and rapists, organized crime figures, terrorists, gang members. informants who have testified against dangerous criminal organizations of all sorts, former gang members with prices on their heads, quite a few mentally ill individuals (prisons have mostly replaced mental hospitals as the go-to place to house the criminally insane), and, due to excessively long sentences in effect for decades now, an aging prison population with many physical ailments and issues.

    What’s going to happen with or to all these inmates, and how soon if the shutdown continues? BOP is part of DOJ, which is shut down, and TV news reports have it that the federal court system will run out of operational funds by January 11. Does that mean the Bureau of Prisons will as well?

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    William T. Forrest
    January 6, 2019 at 22:27
    https://wnep.com/2019/01/05/government-shutdown-could-soon-affect-federal-corrections-officers/

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    William T. Forrest
    January 6, 2019 at 22:28
    According to wikipedia there are currently about 183,000 inmates in the federal prison system.

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    Gina
    January 6, 2019 at 22:32
    https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/federal-prison-guards-feeling-pinch-of-government-shutdown-1.2429687

    “Prison workers last got paid Dec. 29. The first payless payday is slated for Jan. 12 if the shutdown continues, Dominick said.

    “It’s going to start to hit home next week. People are going to have to pay mortgages, car payments. Some people have to pay child support,” Dominick said. “A lot of our members are starting to get real worried and will be feeling the heat if they don’t get that paycheck on Saturday.” “

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    Gina
    January 6, 2019 at 22:36
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/04/us/government-shutdown-courts-prisons.html

    “A 61-year-old man from the Dominican Republic has been waiting for his day in federal immigration court since the 1980s, unable to visit his dying mother back home or, in recent years, legally hold a job. His trial was finally to come next week.

    But because of the federal government shutdown, he stands to lose his precious court date.

    In the backlogged immigration courts, that is likely to mean not just a few more weeks of waiting, but a few more years. Migrants like this man — who asked to be identified only by his first name, Jose, for fear of repercussions in court — are being sent to the back of the line, with their new court dates coming as late as 2022.”

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