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The big issue in the United States is the government shutdown. A government shutdown is when the President (this time Donald Trump) and the Democrats fail to come to an agreement. Therefore, the president shut down the government. This time the Democrats declined to give Donald Trump the $5.7 billion to build the wall (a wall between the border of Mexico and the U.S.). I believe shutting down the government and making such a commotion over a wall isn’t worth it as it affects many people.

First of all, it was the longest shutdown in U.S.  history. This is bad for many reasons. One reason is that it was affecting staffing at national parks. They have remained open but are getting trashed since there is no staff to pick up the trash. Also, nine out of 15 federal departments and agencies are affected by the shutdown. This includes the IRS (they collect taxes and choose what percent they get out of it) and Homeland Security (they protect us from terrorists). This affects the IRS as their offices are closed, tax questions aren’t being answered, and refunds for early filers this year aren’t (most likely) going to be issued on time. As the shutdown goes on, this affects Homeland Security because 32,000 employees are not working and not getting paid. As the shutdown goes on, the effects become more alarming.

Secondly, this shutdown is over a wall and the money they will spend on it. Trump wants to build a wall on the border of U.S. and Mexico. He wants to build the wall out of steel and it would cost $5.7 billion. Those $5.7 billion could be instead be used to build more schools, build more hospitals, and clean up areas in poorer communities. Trump and the White House reached a deal on Friday, January 25, 2019. Their deal was to reopen the government for 3 weeks, until February 15. Federal workers will go back to their jobs with pay. If Trump and the congressional leaders don’t come to an agreement emergency and “move money around in the federal budget” to build the wall.

In conclusion, it is not worth the fuss and not worth shutting down the government. Many people are affected by the shutdown. The longer a shutdown is, the longer and worse the effects are. Why would a president affect his whole country over a wall the people could always find ways to go around?

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Bianca Polanco, Reporter

Hi. My name is Bianca Polanco and this my 2nd year in Journalism/Yearbook. I am in the 7th grade, which also means this is my second year here at O’Donovan....

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