Instead of a government shutdown, think about a "big f'ing deal" (big funding deal) 1. Top tax rate increases by 7% above 2016 level, and add a new 3% or so Fed sales tax [Big give by GOP] 2. Trump gets wall funding and immigration reform [Big give by dems] a. No catch & release b. No diversity lottery c. No asylum claims unless pre-approved d. No chain migration e. Only merit based immigration for who the US needs f. No birthright citizenship, i.e. no cottage industry for anchor babies g. DACA kids get green cards but NOT citizenship This would solve the Budget Deficit and start paying down the Debt. They should also fix SS by adding a year & Medicare. Those funding and entitlement fixes would set the US on a sound fiscal course for many years. Healthcare is a tougher thing to fix.