Is the government shutdown a net positive or a net negative for the nation?

A WALL GROWS: The existing U.S.-Mexico border wall in Tijuana, Mexico, is only a physical manifestation of the growing wall in the local body politic over the nation’s immigration policies and enforcement. 
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ALEJANDRO CEGARRA
A WALL GROWS: The existing U.S.-Mexico border wall in Tijuana, Mexico, is only a physical manifestation of the growing wall in the local body politic over the nation’s immigration policies and enforcement, one that has led to a government shutdown that shows few signs of coming to an end anytime soon. 
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ALEJANDRO CEGARRA
With the federal government shutdown having become the longest in history, it may be time to make some qualitative judgments about its effects, short and long term, and whether this disruption of services ranging from SBA loans to farm subsidies and economic data generation has had major or minor impacts on the U.S. economy and…

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