The opinion polls were clear. One after another, they showed that Americans opposed the shutdown and were hurting because of it. Nearly one in three said they felt personally affected not by too much government, but by too little.
The streets are much darker now, since money for streetlights is rarely available to municipal governments. The national parks began closing down years ago. Reports on bridges crumbling or even collapsing are commonplace. It’s 2023—and this is America 10 years after the first across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration went into effect.