The History of Shutdown Politics
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 734 , Segment 1
Episode: History of Government Shutdown, Brandon Sanderson, Make Your Face Look Younger
- Jan 26, 2018
- 18:55 mins
Guests: Chris Karpowitz, PhD, Associate Professor, Political Science, BYU; Grant Madsen, PhD, Assistant Professor, History BYU Two weeks from today we’ll be back in government shutdown watch mode, unless Republicans and Democrats have come to an agreement on spending and immigration by then. The three-day shutdown that happened over the past weekend was the first to occur with a single party controlling the White House and Congress. But it’s not as if U.S. leaders all the way back to George Washington have managed to pass a budget on time every year. It’s just that until fairly recently, the whole government did not shut down when Congress missed a budget deadline. So why does it happen now? And are we better off for it as a nation?