The US government is always shutting down. Why?

At the end of every year, the U.S. Congress and White House play a game of chicken with the federal spending bill, getting closer and closer to a shutdown of the United States government. It’s usually avoided in the final hour, but sometimes they don’t agree on a spending bill and the federal government actually shuts down. No other country does this. WTF?

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