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