We're 19 days into a government shutdown and yet the sky has not fallen!
As Democrats and President Donald Trump battle it out over funding for the Southern border wall, elected officials have highly exaggerated the horrors of the shutdown to score political points.
But would America really be that much worse off if we actually did purge most of the overreaching government agencies and regulations?
A new comedy short written and directed by Jared Sichel and Gabriel Yaffe via Unit 3 Entertainment called "The Surge" examines just that. The nearly 11-minute video perfectly spoofs the hysterics surrounding the shutdown, showcasing "what really happens during a government shutdown" in style reminiscent of the "The Purge," a dystopian horror flick where all crime is legal once a year.
In between flashes of chaos, the short opens with text to set the stage for the video: "The year is 2020. Anti-government sentiment is at an all-time high. To prove to Americans how much they need the government, Congress has announced that for 12 hours, all laws and regulations will be suspended, and all crimes will go unpunished. The government has named this day: The Purge."
Throughout the video, a news anchor is desperate to capture captivating television reports on the "horrors" of the purge, but they aren't horrors at all. From a little girl selling lemonade at a stand sans a business license, to plummeting prescription drug prices for gam-gam, to expedient construction, to a booming stock market, the government-free "purge" is more like, you guessed it, a surge!
(WARNING: strong language)