We, the people, elect and send to Congress men and women to represent us in managing the needs our country. Then, it seems, we the people suffer the consequences. There is a simple solution to avoiding all future government shutdowns: For every day of shutdown, the president and the 535 members of Congress lose a day’s pay with no reimbursement. They would, of course, be required to continue to work like all other essential government service employees.
Now, if only I could find this on a ballot ...