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…

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