We spend tens of billions of dollars for private prisons filled with non violent drug war victims. We spend eight billion dollars per year for the TSA which instead of being even remotely capable of capturing terrorists, is actually funded by the same criminals it's supposed to apprehend. Fifty one billion dollars are spent annually to perpetrate the "war on drugs" by arbitrarily invading millions of Americans' lives and kidnapping and caging peaceful drug users. Like the utterly fraudulent TSA, this so called war on drugs is also funded by the very governmental criminals and drug dealers it is presumed to be battling. And of course there was the largest corporate welfare scheme of all time with the $700 billion bank bailout of 2008.
Yet through this unfathomably extensive array of government excess the US congress, which currently boasts of a 10% approval rating, has made good on threats to halt funding for things like national parks and government websites, in a scenario which resembles an abusive parent arbitrarily punishing their child. However, all aspects of government associated directly with the military industrial complex, such as the purchase of surveillance equipment, or continued military funding of Israel, are set to continue without interruption.
This isn't the first time the US government has "shut down" during partisan squabbling. In 1996 the US government underwent a shutdown for 28 days, also provoked by partisan disagreement over healthcare laws. So while vacations for congressmen will continue to be fully paid, the basic needs and well being of Americans are thrown into jeopardy, not out of necessity, but over the infighting of an obscenely unrepresentative congress. All the while, the US continues to spend $20,000,000,000 annually just on air conditioning, in a country which it falsified evidence in order to invade.