Once again, Congress is playing with "Shutting Down the Government". This take on Karaoke theater follows closely to the old, "We Couldn't Pass a Budget" classic.
This gave me an idea: Since we hire Congress to run (specifically, run the finances of) The Government, I propose that if at any time The Government
A) Is closed due to a lack of funding
B) The Budget is not passed by deadline
all members of Congress be declared in violation of the law and immediately imprisoned.
But that was a stupid idea. A co-worker had a much better one. In case of A or B above, Congress would be declared in dereliction of its duty and fired - never to be allowed to run for public office again. New elections would be held immediately.
Yeah, I know, this would put us much closer to a Parliamentary style of government. Yeah I know, to get even close to this would require an amendment to the Constitution. But it sure is fun to fantasize.
If you have any other good reasons why this wouldn't work, keep them to yourself. Or put it politely in the comments. Either one.