With 2018 now underway, the first notable hiccup of the year was the government shut down on the one year anniversary of the Trump Administration. This is yet another sign of political dysfunction in our nation’s capital. Frustration and emotions are at a boiling point. Government shut downs, even short ones, are costly, inefficient, disruptive and avoidable. It does, however, provide lots of finger-pointing opportunities in an election year. Most people “outside the Beltway” are tired of the blame game and just want their government to work in a responsible and timely fashion.
Luther Markwart, author of Dateline Washington, is executive vice president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association.