State thugs reached an "agreement". They avoided "shutting down the Federal government".
It was not a true shutdown. The slaves still have to pay taxes/tribute, while the government is "closed".
The Democrats claim victory. The Republicans claim victory. The President claimed victory. Who lost? The slaves.
A Statist claims that government is a positive-sum game. Therefore, everyone can benefit. The President, Democrats, and Republicans all profit, because they're robbing the slaves.
The reality is that government is a negative-sum game. Government destruction is much greater than the few useful things that government does.
Here's an analogy:
Mugger D: Give me $10,000 or I'll kill you!That really is what the budget "debate" sounded like. It was two groups of criminals disagreeing over how much they should steal.
Mugger R: Give me $9,990 or I'll kill you!
D: I thought we agreed we were going to steal $10,000?
R: No, we're going to steal $9,990.
D: If you won't let me steal $10,000, then I won't let you steal anymore!
R: If you insist on $10,000 instead of $9,990, then I won't let you steal anymore!
D: How about we comprise and steal $9,995?