by Crystal Lee Ball CPW News Service
Jenny Smith, founder of Citizens for Continued Government Shutdown, favors the U.S. and other national governments reducing their work week by just over half. "That's right. We recommend a three day work week, but crammed into three twenty-four hour blocks of time. Each community would have federal employee time clock system that allows workers to clock in at their varying current rates of pay, but prorated to the 3 day work week and cut by the actual percentage of 50%. They can come back to work in case of a national emergency, but emergencies could be handled out of another separate budget," said Smith.
Smith believes that halfing the national budget would provide what she calls a "resetting of the national economy" to reflect the new realities. With the four days freed up they can create new private sector businesses to provide new jobs preferably overseas somewhere, but with the financial guts of the new enterprises here in the States. A 7.5 year austerity program to pay off the national debt sounds Draconian, but sometimes you have to eat rice and beans, beans and rice, to keep from becoming Draconia," said Smith.
"Admittedly, I'm not an economist, but this is what I have to do in my household when I've put too much on the old credit cards," she said. "Today our house is paid for and I ride a bicycle, cut off that god-awful cable television and reduced my utilities by half. In addition, the government rollout of Obamacare is kind of lame. Lots of problems. All the government had to do was to pass legislation that mandated that private health insurance companies must pay out 80% of premiums in benefits and provide guaranteed insurability except for smokers and the grossly obese. I leave a waiter 15-20% and the fat cat insurers can live on that, too. A real estate agent makes 3%. If at the end of the year there's an insurance surplus the premium payers should get a refund. I have to make sure that my two little ones not become bounding balls of blubbery flab and don't think I should hold someone else responsible for their succumbing to Coca-Cola's corn syrup injections and Frito's fatty snacks," said Smith. "Fair is fair. I'm not saying that I think that we should all have the same guarantees that Lewis and Clark and Kit Carson had, but if we were all in their shape....or at least the majority of us, we'd be much better off."
When asked whether or not police, homeland security and other law enforcement efforts wouldn't find the nation overrun with criminals, Smith said, "No, you would, as Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld famously said....'go into battle with the army you have, not the one you wish you had' and beyond that we could teach the Constitution and serious civics classes and deputize all citizens as defenders of the nation's laws and Constitution. Adjust the three day work week to reflect a randomize schedule so that criminals cannot anticipate when the U.S. Federal Marshalls will show up with a citizen posse'," said Smith who repeated the JFK mantra...."Ask not, what the country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your county!"