The federal government's pettiness and childishness is currently on display for all the world to see. Across America we see national parks, monuments, websites and memorials placed off limits to viewers and consumers even when the costs to operate these are less than they would be to close. Right now, the government (and its taxpayers) are losing money from parks and other properties not being open and will spend more money to restart these operations and pay back-pay to federal employees once the shutdown is over. The result of this shutdown, as in other shutdowns, is that taxpayers, already burdened in trillions of debt that they didn't want, will be on the hook for hundreds of millions or billions of dollars more (the last two shutdowns added about $1.5 billion in debt).
David A. Pace, CFA
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