With great drama and political theater, President Trump and Congress recently ended the longest government shutdown in history by funding the full operation of government for three weeks. This has been a breach of faith with the American people. It is an unsatisfactory return on investment for votes cast and confidence placed in the president and Congress by the citizens of this country, a performance that would get most CEOs fired. They should get no credit for “reopening” a government that they shut down.
The burden now falls on the men and women who have been treated contemptuously as political pawns. Their task is now recovery, not from a natural disaster, but from a disaster politically inflicted by a failure of governance and leadership.