I have been through 6 government shutdowns in my 24 year military career and from personal experience it has never worked. To shut down our government shows a total lack of leadership and integrity from the President to the congress and once again middle Americans are getting screwed as they have with every shutdown. Congress continues to get paid and also the president even though he claims to donate his salary.due tto a constitutional amendment.that allows that to happen. Meanwhile federal workers lives are being devastated as they are not being paid. A very sad state our country is in. The rich get richer and middle class is taking the brunt.