Published: October 3, 2013
Contact: The Washington Post
Shutdowns have been frequent tools of policy. Just ask Reagan.
By Joseph A. Morris, Published: October 2
One party controls the White House and the Senate by less than the margin needed to end a filibuster, and the other party controls the House by a wide margin. A fundamental conflict over government spending is at the heart of an impasse that leads to a shutdown of the federal government.The year is not 2013 but 1981 . . . and 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1987....