As of December 22, 2018, the government has been shut down. Those that pay close attention to politics know exactly what this means. But what about the average citizen that hears about it over and over again but still does not know what it really means?
The government shutdown, in simplest terms, can be classified as a political disagreement. However, it is much more complex than that. In order for a shutdown to occur, there is an improper division of money to different parts of the government. President Trump wants to spend a large amount of money on building the wall he’s been adamant about. The initial cost of the wall would be 5 billion dollars and he wants to cut spending in many different agencies. The problem is that the House is largely made up of Democrats that are contesting the idea of the wall and will not agree to any money going to it.
Unfortunately, this shutdown not only affects the government but many citizens as well. Through these five weeks, many government agencies have shut down. This leaves many people that work in those areas in a very inadequate situation because they must continue to show up or they will get fired. Once the shutdown is no more, they will continue to earn their paychecks but the amount of time being put into their “job” is causing them to lose money at a rapid rate. Working without pay is deemed unconstitutional and is causing severe conflict between everyone that is involved.
There was another shutdown six years ago and it lasted for 16 days. This current shutdown has gone on for 34 days (as of January 25) and counting. To absolve that shutdown, the Senate sent out a relatively compromisable proposal to the House, mainly because they came to the realization that the Treasury Department would be losing money at an exponential rate.