The government shutting down was a good thing for the government and the people. It provided a wake up call to law makers, showing them that they need to really focus on making budget cuts and reduce spending on frivolous things. It also helped show the people that not much was affected by the government shutting down, showing that the government does not need to spend as much as it does.
The government shut down hurts the civilians more than it does the actual government. It is silly to even have one in the first place,or have had done it. People had to take off work, not get paid, struggle and worry they wouldnt make ends meet, it was in no way a good thing.