The Libertarian Party, long a foe of just about everything having to do with government, could teach the tea partiers a few things about extremism. As the federal government shutdown began today, the result of negotiations hung up on nonbudgetary items such as abortions and global warming, the Libertarians issued a statement asking Americans to imagine what a wonderful world a permanent shutdown might produce.
"The world would enjoy peace as we withdrew our forces from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. Our government spends almost as much on the military as the rest of the world combined. Millions of industrious men and women who work for the military and its contractors could be focusing on building up our economy, rather than tearing down others',"said Executive Director Wes Benedict
"Crime would plummet as the government's War on Drugs ended, no longer sustaining a giant violent black market and overfilling our prisons."
Somehow, it's hard to imagine that an end to war and the war on drugs are the objective House Republicans have in mind.