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Johnson: Shutting Down Government Is Stupid

Representative Dusty Johnson retains some shreds of sanity amidst the warped anarcho-authoritarianism of the Trump Party that seeks to destroy existing civil institutions so they may be more easily replaced by something less fun than Bartertown. Johnson is still working to avoid the really bad idea of shutting down the government:

“Shutdowns are stupid. Shutting down the government doesn’t do anything to save the taxpayers money it costs us money,” Rep. Johnson said.

…“I’m optimistic that we’re stilling going to have enough mature responsible members of congress that we’re going to be able to avoid this shutdown,” Rep. Johnson said.

Rep. Johnson added that votes start in Washington on Tuesday and he is going to stay there until a deal is reached [Cordell Wright, “Rep. Dusty Johnson Optimistic Government Shutdown Can Be Avoided,” KSFY, 2023.09.25].

Johnson says the handful of kamikaze chaoticians in his party are foolish knuckleheads who would deny Americans the many necessary services they built their government to provide:

Johnson noted potential impacts for people served by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Internal Revenue Service, the Farm Service Agency and the Indian Health Service.

“Anyone who thinks it should be OK for sailors, soldiers, airmen and Marines to not be paid for their work is foolish,” Johnson said. “Anybody who thinks disrupting the lives of regular Americans by telling them they aren’t able to get a knee surgery at the VA, they’re not able to visit their national parks, they’re not able to access services from the IRS, FSA or IHS, is being foolish.”

Johnson said part of the problem is a decline in the number of good people running for public office because they do not view it as “the highest and best use of their efforts anymore.”

“That does mean the knucklehead quotient in D.C. has gone up a bit in recent years,” he said. “That makes it harder to run a country” [Joshua Haiar, “Johnson Says Members Who ‘Love Chaos’ Could Hurt Republicans in Shutdown Fight,” South Dakota Searchlight, 2023.09.25].

Johnson laments that working with Democrats to pass a short-term spending bill “will ultimately mean that a far less conservative solution will be… implemented,” but Johnson appears to accept that a liberal solution that keeps government working is better than no solution. That solution may cost thus-far-mostly feckless Speaker Kevin McCarthy his gavel, but again a Congressman has to have his priorities. We should be pleased to see Congressman Johnson signaling that his priorities remain solving problems and making government work for everyone


  1. Loren 2023-09-26 09:49

    Let us refresh. Who was that guy that looked like Opie Taylor, running around the House floor whipping votes for “feckless McCarthy?” Oh, ya, Mr Main Street. I know, after 15 votes, who could have seen this coming? Perhaps Ray Charles?

  2. John 2023-09-26 09:59

    Tiny Johnson is part of the problem. Johnson tolerates the republican chaos caucus. Tolerance is acceptance. ““In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” and “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” and “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – MLK Jr. Get-along-to-go-along Johnson failed any test of acting like a statesman. Johnson ought lead the effort to expunge his troublesome caucus from the House, In failing to do so, Johnson accepts their holding the government hostage. There is no middle ground, despite Pretzel Johnson’s word twisting to accept or tolerate the chaos caucus.

    What can the people do?
    A general strike. Or a targeted general strike. Stiking that cripples the US economy – especially targeted in to the districts of the republicans and their troublemakers. Shut down TSA, ATC, ports, borders, courts, and government website denials of service. Stop sending US funds to states and local governments – beginning with the troublemakers localities and states. And above all, stop paying congress and their staffers.

    Every time over the past 30 years that the “government shut down” the republicans led the US House of Representatives. Republicans do not think government is able to work BECAUSE republicans deliberately break government.

  3. John 2023-09-26 10:18

    Appeasement to authoritarians like Hitler, Putin, Gingrich (who lost speakership after a shut down), and the republican’s chaos caucus results in similar ends – the destruction of the appeaser before the destruction of the authoritarians, their chaos, and their sycophants.
    “The House Republicans have triggered a Chernobyl of their own, a chain reaction that will inexorably lead to a meltdown to their core surrounded by a radioactive forbidden zone. Saboteurs rush in unobstructed, setting blazes and planting explosives. The nominal fire chief stands dumbfounded, an observer transfixed at the raging conflagration, anxious about his escape route. “This is a whole new concept of individuals that just want to burn the whole place down,” the fire chief fumes. Then, smoke billowing behind him, he flees the scene and tells everyone to go home for a week.”

    The speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy, is the speaker in name. He has the part. He will do anything to retain the honorific. Gesture by gesture he dispenses with the powers of his office for the sake of wearing its polished badge. If nature abhors a vacuum, his unnatural enemies thrive in it. He agreed to their demand that instead of proposing a continuing resolution for 30 days to continue negotiations on the budget he would divide appropriations into 14 separate bills, each requiring a procedural vote to be able to consider them. Twice he dutifully brought to the floor the procedural votes for the defense appropriations bill, and twice they were contemptuously rejected. His heedless appeasement was a defeat foretold. The federal government shutdown looms.

    “McCarthy could have ignored his hostage-takers. He could have made an agreement with the House Democratic leader, Hakeem Jeffries, on the basis of the already negotiated bipartisan budget deal with the Senate Republicans. McCarthy could have brought along some of his caucus and that with the Democrats would be a comfortable majority. And he could still attempt to make a deal. If the far right initiates a motion to vacate, to try to remove him, the Democrats could join with a portion of the Republicans to maintain him.”

  4. P. Aitch 2023-09-26 10:25

    Old man P. talking. “When I went to school and college in South Dakota using the word “stupid” was cause for disciplinary action. It seems one political party didn’t get a complete education in manners.”

  5. e platypus onion 2023-09-26 10:42

    magats are focusing their hate oin nione other than meanie Taylor Swift for her dislike of drumpf and her present boyfriend. Some also think she is homely. No wonder they can’t govern or investigate.

  6. e platypus onion 2023-09-26 11:48

    No offense, but Looserana’s very own Steve ‘clay pigeon’ Scalise is house whip and doesn’t look like Opie.

  7. O 2023-09-26 11:58

    If MAGAs are right-wing extremists who try to shut down the government, and Democrats are the ones wanting to keep the government running (albeit with more spending than conservatives want), then what is the argument for electing “reasonable” Republicans in SD to empower these MAGAs until it is crunch time, then they have to unite with Democrats? It seems clear that even Dusty’s rhetoric points to de-powering Republicans (who have been co-opted by MAGA) and empowering Democrats; if that is the choice he is making, it should be the choice SD voters make as well.

  8. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-09-26 13:00

    I do wish the Federal Government would shut down for one year, however, let get real, NOT all the government would shutdown. By law, the programs of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid must remain open, so the media is not being honest. “WE” are asking to shutdown 90% of the Federal Government, while keeping a small staff to manage and dispurse Social Security and Medicare Funds to those who are promised an income benefit due to them paying into the trust accounts. I would 100% shutting down Medicaid as it is a welfare scheme, and would stop checks going to ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

    To get what we want, we must shutdown 90% of the Federal Govt, and that fact alone makes this a great budget strategy for the America First Supporters. Thank God – this would stop checks from going to China the Ukraine, to any Foreign Country.

    Democrats LIE, and America First Patriots Tell the Truth!

  9. grudznick 2023-09-26 13:38

    grudznick LOVES your UNHINGEDNESS, Mr. zItTeRiCh!!

  10. e platypus onion 2023-09-26 13:47

    I would 100% shutting down Medicaid as it is a welfare scheme, and would stop checks going to ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

    And like all magats you have irrefutable facts to back your assertions, right? Riiiiighht!

  11. O 2023-09-26 13:54

    Jon Stewart had a great interview with several world leaders focusing on the concept of “America First.” They re-focused him to see that “America First” means America alone. One nation cannot both single-mindedly put itself above all other nations and also believe that it has meaningful alliances and agreements with other nations. Isolationism by any other name . . .

  12. e platypus onion 2023-09-26 13:58

    This one’s for Zit…. 76K views 3 hours ago #Alabama #SupremeCourt #Politics
    The Supreme Court has rejected Alabama Republicans’ proposed congressional map that contains only one majority-Black district. NBC News’ Lawrence Hurley reports on the details on the decision and how it ties into a previous ruling involving the Voting Rights Act earlier this year. …

    Another loss for magats pretending Scotus decisions don’t apply when they disagree with them.

  13. e platypus onion 2023-09-26 14:11

    New magat budget as reported by Raw Story….., It’s tempting to ignore a budget resolution released just days before the start of the fiscal year that it’s meant to guide, and amid the chaotic debate around a short-term extension of government funding to avoid a shutdown. But House Budget Committee Chair Jodey Arrington’s proposed budget is important for what it illustrates about House Republicans’ disturbing vision for the country: health care stripped away from millions of people, higher poverty and hunger, capitulation to climate change, more tax cheating by high-income people, and large-scale disinvestment from the building blocks of opportunity and economic growth—from medical research to education to child care. It would narrow opportunity, worsen racial inequities, and make it harder for people to afford the basics. It reflects the wrong priorities for the country and should be roundly rejected.

    magats want 60% cut in home heating assistance and to cut billions from public education, among other drastic cuts to the poor;.

  14. larry kurtz 2023-09-26 14:24

    Earth haters like Wyoming’s John Bare Asso want the state to keep Yellowstone if bad goes to worse but since South Dakota is broke the federal dough will keep pouring in.

  15. larry kurtz 2023-09-26 14:29

    The Zittiots want America to fail because of their own moral decrepitude. It’s just that simple.

    Debt, depression, dejection, despair and desperation: do white men have nothing to lose by acting out?

  16. O 2023-09-26 15:02

    All budget and taxation policy are fundamentally wealth distribution discussions. As e platypus onion points out (which is always the case when Conservatives — not even the MAGA crazies — speak of their budget and tax priorities), the Right seems to believe that the top, the wealthiest, are still not getting enough of the pie; more needs to be cut in their favor. This limitless expansion of wealth does not improve the wealthy’s standard of living; on the contrary, each cut hurts the poor in real and meaningful ways.

    Policies that allow for billionaires are morally corrupt.

  17. jakc 2023-09-26 15:37

    Medicaid checks don’t go patients generally. They go to hospitals and providers. But what a position for a pro-life advocate to be willing to risk the life of a child based on immigration status.

    As for shutting down the Fed gov. Well Jefferson, Madison and others from that wing of the party (they called themselves Republicans not Democrats btw) were in favor of low taxes, no debt and generally opposed expensive military programs like ship building and such. I imagine that would be in favor of stopping most of our military spending for a year.

  18. PWK 2023-09-26 23:05

    Mr. Zitterich is a knucklehead – like his chaos loving, reactionary heros who believe Gingrich is too liberal.

  19. Frank Kloucek 2023-09-27 09:10

    Mike Z

    Your views are not reality.

  20. C 2023-09-27 10:43

    If you’re a federal employee (like myself) and are a Republican (not like myself), you’re an idiot for continuing to support those that want to keep you from your job. I literally just got home from an overseas deployment and will potentially have no job to go to next week. Most of my coworkers are red and just don’t get the correlation. They complain because of the furlough, but don’t change their votes accordingly. Frustrating…

  21. John 2023-09-28 22:02

    Tiny Johnson and his party voted via a cowardly voice vote to fund the Defense Secretary’s salary at $1 per year. Johnson is an accomplice to this.

  22. e platypus onion 2023-09-29 08:48

    I saw a comment yesterday saying voters blame magats for shutdown but aren’t interested in punishing them for it.

    That will be a big help.

  23. jakc 2023-09-30 21:00

    Since the president is a Democrat and the Senate is controlled by Democrats, I gotta believe that Dusty understood he was gonna have to work with Democrats at some point and that he complained about Democrats because he didn’t think that South Dakotans who voted for him didn’t know/weren’t smart enough to understand this.

  24. O 2023-09-30 22:49

    e platypus onion, why would the public pick now to start holding MAGA politicians and supporters accountable for their actions? We certainly have not chosen to do so thus far.

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