The world is watching as this US shutdown enters its second week, as politicians fail to reach a consensus on budgeting issues. This is not the first time that the US government has declared a shutdown (according to reports, the US government has declared shutdowns 17 times since 1976), Is such a problem inevitable, given that the US Constitution requires budgeting issues (ie government spending) to be approved by Congress?
In other words, is this an inherent problem of democracy? if political parties fail to reach a consensus on funding for policies (one of which , in this case, the Obamacare healthcare politcy), then uh…how? Food for thought.
Note that this is a partial shutdown, but still, not exactly a good time to be visiting the States. Unassuming tourists leave disappointed as they cannot even pay a visit to the Statue of Liberty (read: closed).
When will this stand-off end?