Image by Gary Markstein-Creators Syndicate (2018)
Ladies and gentlemen, gather 'round for the return of America's favorite political drama: the potential government shutdown! It's the biennial blockbuster that has everyone on the edge of their seats, wondering, "Will they or won't they? And do we even care anymore?"
Act 1: The Setup
As the curtain rises on this eagerly anticipated sequel to the last government shutdown, our esteemed politicians have once again assembled for their quadrennial performance of bureaucratic brinkmanship. They've donned their finest suits, polished their filibustering skills, and dusted off their well-worn copies of "How to Make a Federal Budget" (which they still haven't bothered to read).
Act 2: The Blame Game
In Act 2, our beloved politicians indulge in their favorite pastime: the blame game. Democrats and Republicans take turns hurling accusations like confetti at a ticker-tape parade. Each side claims moral superiority while conveniently forgetting their own contributions to the budgetary bickering.
Meanwhile, federal employees practice their "how to make ramen noodles gourmet" recipes and consider moonlighting as fortune tellers because predicting their financial futures has become a necessary skill. It's all part of the government shutdown experience.
Act 3: The Dramatic Countdown
As the days tick down toward the ominous shutdown deadline, our politicians stage a dramatic countdown on the floor of Congress. Speeches are delivered with the gravitas of Shakespearean soliloquies, complete with impassioned pleas to "think of the children" and "consider the future." It's a performance worthy of Broadway, if Broadway were overrun with political actors.
Act 4: The Last-Minute Save
Just when it seems that the nation is hurtling toward the precipice of a government shutdown, our heroes (or are they just excellent procrastinators?) swoop in to save the day. With the clock ticking, they strike a deal that avoids a complete fiscal meltdown. Federal employees breathe sighs of relief, and politicians congratulate themselves on their eleventh-hour heroics.
And so, the show goes on. Like a perennial favorite, the government shutdown provides drama, suspense, and a pinch of exasperation for the American public. We watch as our elected officials engage in a never-ending cycle of political posturing, wondering if there's a hidden "stop" button somewhere in the Capitol building.
So, pop your popcorn, settle into your seats, and get ready for the latest installment of "Government Shutdown: The Biennial Spectacle We All Secretly Adore." Because as long as there are politicians and budgets to be bickered over, this show will keep coming back, whether we want an encore or not.