Partial shutdown of the US Govt
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