Would It Really Be so Bad if the Government ‘Shut Down’?

What happened?

Congress passed a funding bill on Thursday that secures spending for the next two weeks. But they don’t have much of a reprieve – Democrats and Republicans need to work together to pass a longer-term bill before the end of the year.

Didn’t this happen last year? … and the year before … and

Yep. Averting a shutdown seems to be an annual tradition for Washington. The next spending bill could be a lot tougher to pass since Democratic leaders have vowed to dig in their heels unless the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields children of illegal immigrants within certain parameters, is included in the funding package.

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Glenn’s take:

Glenn noted that even if Congress can’t manage to pass a spending bill, programs like Social Security and Medicare and essential functions like law enforcement will continue. Would it really be so bad if the government took a break – or even if the “nonessential” parts that would close during a shutdown just stayed closed?