My question is Why?
I found out that numerous presidents have shut down the government when they were unable to reach an agreement with the Legislature. Presumably the disagreements were all about funding.
Additionally, I found out that if the funding is not approved, the non-essential personnel are forced into a furlough or they simply do not get paid until a funding resolution (maybe not the right word) is reached.
Still, a legitimate business doesn't lay off workers when the CEO and the Board of Directors reach an impasse over accounting, or do they?
Q1) Keeping in mind the political ramifications, what advantage(s) do politicians get by doing this?
Q2) And, what can we, as members of the voting public, do to change this?