Government Shutdown Leaves America Questioning

Joshua Perry, Co-Editor-in-Chief

This latest government shutdown is the longest in U.S. history, and the economic and social damage is beginning to take its toll on the country, with no clear end in sight.

The financial aftershocks of the shutdown aren’t easy to measure, according to Politico, but they are surely there.

“Shutdowns end up being more expensive than just keeping the government open—and this one, if it’s like past shutdowns, will likely cost tens of millions of dollars a day,” Politico reported. “Maybe more.”

What started as a disagreement between the Democrats of Capitol Hill and President Trump over funding for his proposed border wall has become a debacle for both sides. Trump claims, however, that the blame is not on his shoulders.

“The government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: the Democrats will not fund border security,” he said, according to CNN.

The division has escalated significantly. In a letter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even uninvited Trump to his State of the Union Address this month if the government were still shut down by the week’s end. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed with her proposal.

“Well, what is the State of the Union?” he said, according to CNN. “The government is closed because of President Trump.”

Adam Koester, an economics teacher at EHS, said that he is disappointed in how the disagreement has been handled.

“Anytime that we have such clear dysfunction and lack of ability to make deals and make the government operate, as an American, that’s highly concerning to me,” he said. “I want a government that will function.”

Mr. Koester said he’d like to see the people who operate underneath the power players of the gridlock work together to reach a compromise.

“This sort of thing is more childlike and less adult,” he said. “I would hope that they be more adult.”