U.S. Debt Ceiling

Government shutdowns are for losers

Government shutdowns are for losers

Whatever its place in manufacturing on the world stage, let it never be said that the United States lags in the production of artificial government crises. This week’s shutdown was a manufactured crises. So was the reversal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA that precipitated it. And frankly, so is Washington’s repeated failure to pass a budget. All concocted right inside the Capital Beltway. The federal government is in the hands of “idiots,” Sen. John Neely Kennedy recently observed, and we can’t imagine there are many Americans, Democratic, Republican or independent, who would disagree.

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