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A Foreign Service Officer on Life During the Shutdown

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“My colleagues and I could go bankrupt, and the institutions where we work—the very institutions that made the U.S. the greatest power in the history of the world—could wither and collapse, and almost no one in Washington would care, except to the extent that they could use the personal suffering and institutional failure to bludgeon and blame the other side.”

A Foreign Service Officer on Life During the Shutdown

“Little did we realize that our own American institutions were being hollowed out and destroyed from within by a political class that saw institutions the way my third-world interlocutors did—a place to stash cronies and pursue partisan agendas.”

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