Nobody and nothing has yet forced those who rule us to spend less. That day is coming. From Robert Ringer at lewrockwell.com:
The average low-information voter, who depends on getting his news from the FNM, is trembling in his shoes right now because the life-ending government shutdown he has heard so much about has finally arrived. How in the world can the United States possibly survive such a calamity?
But let’s get serious: Every reasonably well-informed individual with an IQ above 32 realizes that a government shutdown is not only not a bad thing, it’s actually a positive. Let’s face it, the only way to stop government spending and borrowing is to close shop. And, amazingly, when that happens (as it has 18 times in the past), the anti-Armageddon truth is that the average person is totally unaffected!
While the amount varies from month to month, the government brings in, on average, about $200 billion a month from (mostly unwilling) taxpayers and pays out, on average, about $20 billion in monthly interest charges. That’s a tenfold coverage.
Second, Social Security and Medicare are easily covered by government revenues each month, at least right now.