Let’s remember, after all, that the United States was a Hobbesian jungle of vicious anarchy back in the 1800s when the federal government consumed only 3 percent of economic output!
Here’s some political satire I received in my inbox yesterday. It warns about the danger of unregulated and unlicensed children’s lemonade stands. Why? Because bureaucrats (like ones in California, Georgia, and Oregon) won’t be prowling the streets to shut them down.
This bit of humor actually isn’t accurate since the shutdown sidelines federal bureaucrats and the lemonade stands were shut down by local bureaucrats.
That being said, we can safely assume that there are paper pushers in Washington who spend their time doing things that are equally foolish and pointless, so I’m sharing it with you under the media’s “fake but accurate” standard.
The late-night talk shows also are having some fun with the shutdown. Let’s start with some good one-liners from Jay Leno.
And here’s one from David Letterman.
Let’s close with two additional bits of humor. This tweet from Jonah Goldberg made me laugh out loud. Julia, you may remember, was the Obama campaign’s make-believe woman who mooched off taxpayers from birth to death.
But now she’s trying to survive in the post-shutdown apocalypse.
Speaking of Julia, this Michael Ramirez cartoon hits the nail on the head.
Our last bit of mockery says we should celebrate the shutdown because government causes so much damage when it’s open.
The underlying message of this image obviously is true, but I’m guessing this is a picture of a house in Detroit, so it might be more accurate to pin the blame on the city government rather than the federal government.
Then again, federal subsidies doubtlessly enabled and facilitated Detroit’s destructive policies, so maybe it’s okay to share this bit of humor without having to rely on the “fake but accurate” rule.
But this isn’t supposed to be a serious post, so I’ll leave that topic for another day.
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