Par­tial shut­down of the US Govt

The Hitavada - - THE OPINION PAGE -

Sir,

Oc­ca­sion­ally, shut­down/par­tial shut­down of the United States Gov­ern­ment for a few days or even some weeks due for one or the other rea­son and its re­cur­rence, though odi­ous, painful and trou­ble­some, is not a new thing to the Amer­i­cans. It is go­ing on since the year 1980 (not count­ing the US suf­fer­ings of fi­nan­cial cri­sis in 2007-08, debt-ceil­ing cri­sis 2011-2013, bud­get se­ques­tra­tion in 2013). But this time it seems that the du­ra­tion of its par­tial shut­down since De­cem­ber 22, 2018 is pro­long­ing for in­def­i­nite pe­riod.

The rea­son for the shut­down is the “Op­po­si­tion Party’s Democrats in the US Se­nate are not ap­prov­ing/fund­ing build­ing of a wall on Mex­ico bor­der” to stop en­try of mi­grants and that in turn re­sulted in (a-sweet-re­venge) not sign­ing of Bud­get es­ti­mates by the US Pres­i­dent, bring­ing the na­tion to a stand­still and invit­ing avoid­able fi­nan­cial cri­sis. Even the shut­down pe­riod has missed the cel­e­bra­tions of Christ­mas and the first day of New Year 2019. (Imag­ine, Chris­tians not cel­e­brat­ing X’mas and New Year!, and that too by Amer­i­cans in Amer­ica. One can­not think of it even in dream). For­get about the cel­e­bra­tions, but the present days’ suf­fer­ings of eight lakh un­paid Gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees (sent on forced leave), their fam­i­lies and other civil­ians etc. are un­precen­dented in the rich­est na­tion. There­fore, in the in­ter­est of the na­tion and from the wel­fare point of view of the Amer­i­cans, the Democrats (Op­po­si­tion) and the (Rul­ing Re­pub­li­can) US Pres­i­dent should shed their egos and set­tle the mat­ter to re­store nor­malcy, “To live and Let live. It is sooner the bet­ter.” Vi­jay Dat­ta­tray Patil, via email

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