"But it’s worth noting that shutdowns are far from trivial events. It’s not just that the national parks close. There is a disorientation from ordinary processes that can have unpredictable effects on everyone concerned. It’s a lot easier to shut the government down than to open it up again. The staff of the President is smaller than most people think—and losing three-quarters of them (as happened in 1995, and would happen again this week) matters a great deal. Chaos exerts its own power. People get tired, angry, and weird. Stuff happens. Watch for it".