In these posts, we sometimes use the term "political class" to describe the men and women who are elected to, or are otherwise a permanent part of, our government. Some choose to use the term "ruling class," which is a phrase that conjures images of an elite that rules by right.
The recently passed tax reform law has been touted as putting billions of dollars back into the pockets of individual taxpayers, in addition to giving corporations tax relief that will help them create more economic growth.
The least consequential government shutdown we can recall may be near a resolution. All of the tiresome partisan fingerpointing and blame shifting aside, there are a few items to recall about shutdowns, none of them good: