During the government shutdown, essential services/employees are exempt, and the government continues to pay for those services/employees. Some people might be hoping that the government shutdown might allow government to save money and not hit the impending debt ceiling.
If the government continues the shutdown indefinitely with no appropriation bills passing, will the government continue to increase its debt or will its budget be balanced? (Note: Assume current revenues/receipts and essential outlays, i.e. those services/expenses not affected by the government shutdown.)
NOTE: indefinitely means that: (1) There's no cost to restart the shut-down program and (2) furloughed employees do NOT need to be paid retroactively for not working since that only happens (if at all) once the shutdown ends.