The federal government needs this additional time to accrue revenue so citizens may be reimbursed via tax returns and pay for its programs. I have and will continue to say, "The deficit is a matter of national security." The economy is vulnerable and so are our pocketbooks and wallets.
This is not a new phenomenon. The government has been shutting down since 1976, specifically during the third and fourth quarters of the year.
These are economic tactics which often stifle growth and consumer confidence. There has not been a balanced budget for 20 years, and the country had surpluses 1999, 2000, and 2001. Additionally, the Congress does not have an amendment which requires the federal budget to be balanced. America's fiscal problem is self-inflicted by elected officials. They are not freezing their incomes or benefits during this time, they have consistently received pay raises as authorized by the 27th Amendment, and very few are in their home states explaining what this debacle is about.
The economy is volatile and faltering. In order to get on track, it is going to take a heavy lift. It will manifest in higher taxes and fees, cost of consumables, and commodities.
I suggest to fellow citizens to save and invest in assets. Tuck some money in your safe and under the mattress. Purchase a copy of the Farmers' Almanac, because this is only the beginning.