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The federal government shutdown has unexpected consequences.
President Donald Trump believes in small government. He’s chosen an odd way to get it, if only temporarily.
The federal government is in a partial shutdown, with only essential employees on the job. This includes the military, including the U.S. Coast Guard folks in Ketchikan, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration, to name a few.
The military stands ready at all times. The FAA allows for commercial and other flights, basically for commerce to continue. As does the TSA.
Meanwhile, parks, along with similar services that are appreciated, but not necessary, are closed; the employees there are furloughed.
During the shutdown, Trump and his cabinet members and their top executives will observe how the federal government operates with fewer employees and services. The administration didn’t expect to be able to do this in this way, but it is a result of a shutdown.
It might give insight into ways to improve efficiencies and achieve the smaller government Trump likes to talk about.
It’s one — only one — of the possible consequences of a shutdown.