Every couple of years, the Democrats and the Republicans engage in this stupid play. The plot is always the same: The country has borrowed to its supposed “debt ceiling,” and the Democrats want to raise it. The Republicans “refuse” to do so unless they get some concessions. The government gets “shut down” while they argue about it, until the Democrats eventually make some sort of deal, then the Republicans declare victory, raise the debt ceiling, and everyone pats themselves on the back.
Except the debt ceiling, concessions, the shut down, refusal, all of it, is fake. None of it actually exists, nor did anything actually change. It’s all theater.