One major difference between our latest government shutdown and the 2013 shutdown is how the shutdown is affecting our national parks, Bright reminds readers (The Federalist).
In 2013, many national parks and monuments were barricaded.
By contrast, this Administration’s Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who was at the World War II Memorial to greet visitors over the weekend, tweeted,
Not all parks are fully open but we are all working hard to make as many areas as accessible to the public as possible.
According to Senator Rand Paul: “It cost us more to shut the government down than to keep it open… You know your government’s dysfunctional if it costs more to shut it down than to keep it open, because we paid all these people.”
Nick Gillespie of Reason explained, “Paul was pointing out that ‘non-essential’ federal employees who were furloughed during the shutdown eventually got back pay and various interest penalties were incurred.”