With the federal government shutdown just as Christmas is starting to appear in the retail community, I was reminded of the 1940s classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) was given the “gift” of seeing how life in his community would have been impacted if he had never been born.
Through the government shutdown, our elected representatives in Washington gave us a similar “gift,” just a small inkling, of what life might be like without some of the bureaucracy they have created.
George Bailey’s life contributed in many positive ways to his community and those around him. In the current situation, I am not so sure.
Is our government’s involvement in our lives a positive contribution, or has much of it become a dependency relationship that would have disgusted (or terrified) the first George W., Tom J., Ben Franklin and the boys?
Maybe not quite what they had in mind when they got the whole thing started, is it?