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Port: If the longest ever government shutdown teaches us one thing it’s that the federal government is too large

A sign alerting visitors that the facility is closed is posted outside the Library of Congress in Washington on Monday morning, Jan. 22, 2018. (Pete Marovich/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

The current shutdown of the federal government is now the longest in the history of America.

I’ll leave it to others to debate the circumstances of this shutdown, whether President Donald Trump is right to stand firm on his demand for border wall funding, or if Democrats are right to keep the government shutdown over their opposition to making such an appropriation.

(That tends of thousands of border patrol agents are now working without pay because of this shutdown is a bit of irony I can’t let go unacknowledged.)

For those of us living our lives outside of the bubble of national politics, there might be a lesson in all of this pertaining to the bloated size of our federal government.

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