Look back over history, the 17 times in recent history it has been shut down and not once have the greedy, crooked, perverts ever taken steps to reduce the wasteful spending. What the shut downs have done allowed those mentioned to get passed more wasteful programs so they could use them to get re elected. We the citizens get the dirty end of the stick every time.
Just look at the wasteful programs: education, commerce, energy, now almost the P. O., EPA, ethanol, 90% of foreign aid, etc, etc and etc.(Just a couple foreign aid wastes: a few million to Mexico to build park benches; a million to Brazil to help Brazilian women quit smoking; the aid to the countries that hate us-Iran, N. Korea, Russia, Egypt, Lybia, etc, etc and etc.)
Idiot reps of ours.