All the shutdown theatrics from the administration have been well-documented on this site. We’ve seen absurdities like World War II vets locked out of the memorial to the war they fought, private homeowners evicted because their houses sit on government land, tourists can’t park in the federal parking lot near Mount Vernon, and numerous other examples of petty harassment intended to convince us that we not only need government — we need more government.
Ironically, however, all the carrying on should only reinforce Americans’ sense that perhaps the problem is too much intrusive government. For example, why does the government need to own the land on which the Lake Mead houses sit? If the government is going to act like an abusive landlord, why should it buy even more land (with money we don’t have)?