So what does Rep. LaMalfa have to do with the District of Columbia and the current GOP-directed federal government shutdown? In his quaint little I'm-a-dirt-farmer/small-government-is-best/liberty-as-fairness soliloquy, Rep. LaMalfa expressed that the hype surrounding the potential government shutdown was overblown and that there would be little impact in the city and nation. That's right—an elected member of the House of Representatives does not think a federal government shutdown is a big deal. I could barely contain my anger.
In his patronizing tone he talked about the different types of rights: natural rights, God-given rights, and the rights to one's own labor. He discussed how sales tax was proper but other taxation was an illegal taking of property. His rendering of the Affordable Care Act was full of libertarian philosophical catch phrases. His entire talk was like some kind of Tea Party Mad Libs. After talking at length Rep. LaMalfa took questions from the crowd but by that time I was so frustrated by his curious rendering of economic principles and lack of reality that it was difficult to take him seriously. Was he aware of how many residents in Metropolitan Washington would be impacted by this shutdown? How could a federal government shutdown while the United States is engaged in a foreign war be anything other than radically irresponsible? We know that the U.S. electorate is watching and assessing this GOP train wreck, and I hope Rep. LaMalfa's constituents are as well.