The government shutdown is here. On the legal front, employees of the Justice Department will stay home for the most part, but the people of Bob Mueller’s team will continue to show up to do their designated investigation because they have a “permanent indefinite appropriation” funding set aside.
Congressional Republicans blamed Democrats for the shutdown. The White House even issued photos showing the president “working” during the “Democratic shutdown.” Astute observers already pointed out that none of the photos showed Trump working in the room with members of Congress to deal with the shutdown.
The total monthly reports of new jobs added last year did not stray far from the previous, final year of the Obama administration. Dow Jones Industrial Average, meanwhile, rockets far above anything the Obama years could hope to produce.
I want to know: Does any of these developments matter?