Government Shutdown: Day 8

With the debt ceiling fight looming and now taking over the focus of this shutdown, I personally don’t believe there is an end in sight as long as the President and Senate Majority Leader (Harry Reid (D) of Nevada) refuse to negotiate despite their protestations to the press that they are trying to negotiate.  When one side refuses to budge in a fight of this magnitude, the other side digs in more as well… we’re seeing the political equivalent of trench warfare at this point.

As part of my ongoing public service, allow me to highlight an agency that I did not know existed until this morning – the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.

Who the heck knew we had an IMLS?

So what is it that this wholly essential branch of the government actually does?

The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. We provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making.

IMLS Mission

Okay… I can’t take it this time.  Seriously?  Our taxes go to fund this…. crap?!?

Museums have traditionally run on endowments from wealthy people that leave large sums of money or property from their estate.  Libraries used to run on endowments as well such as those made by Andrew Carnegie and others.

Seriously though – where in Sam Hill can you find ANY constitutional mandate for the IMLS?

This shutdown started over Obamacare. I firmly agree with the conservative position of defund or repeal.  I think we have a few more sections of public expense that need defunded and dismantled and the IMLS is one of those.

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