While it’s been kind of fun – and definitely riveting – to watch the game of chicken going on in Washington over the budget, there was also something sickening about the spectacle of all the political chest-thumping as we inched closer and closer to a government shutdown. And now we get to go through it all over again, thanks to Friday night’s last-minute, short-term.

Well, you might be thinking to yourself, boys will be boys, and politicians will be politicians. That’s certainly true; and it’s also the problem. As anyone who has ever managed a business or a household knows, it is possible to live within your means if you’re really committed to it, though you’re probably going to have to do without something you may want very badly.

Instead of watching as the politicians send government workers – and a lot of other people – home from the office, maybe we’d all be a lot better off if we sent the politicians on an extended vacation, with some useful reading material.

Ironically, had there been a shutdown, the only government employees not to have their salaries interrupted would have been the very ones who voted for the shutdown, our legislators. I’d have wanted them to be the first to face a salary freeze — funny how very quickly that shutdown would have ended.
-Jack Simony

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Jack Simony is a hedge fund portfolio manager from New York City. More information and a full biography can be found by visiting http://www.jacksimony.org.
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