A government shutdown is not inevitable, it is a choice. And it is a dumb one.
A government shutdown occurs when Congress fails to pass a spending bill on time. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as disagreements over policy or party politics. But regardless of the reason, a government shutdown has a negative impact on the economy and the American people.
When the government shuts down, hundreds of thousands of federal employees are furloughed or forced to work without pay. This can lead to financial hardship for these employees and their families. It can also have a ripple effect on the economy, as businesses and consumers lose confidence.
In addition, a government shutdown can disrupt essential government services. For example, national parks may be closed, passport processing may be delayed, and Social Security checks may be late. This can have a significant impact on the lives of Americans.
So why would Congress choose to shut down the government? It’s a dumb choice, for sure. But there are a few possible explanations.
One possibility is that Congress is simply unable to agree on a spending bill. This can happen when the two parties are deeply divided on policy or when there is a lot of infighting within a party.
Another possibility is that Congress is using a government shutdown as a negotiating tactic. For example, one party may threaten to shut down the government in order to get the other party to agree to its demands.
Whatever the reason, a government shutdown is a bad idea. It’s harmful to the economy, it disrupts essential government services, and it inconveniences millions of Americans.
I hope that Congress will be able to avoid a government shutdown in the future. It’s the right thing to do for the American people.