After the Christmas holiday, the federal government — or at least, as many have pointed out, about 10% of it — remains shut down with no end in sight.

There might have been some cooperation from private donors to keep the national Christmas tree lit, but there’s no peace on earth for Congress, which remains apparently at a stalemate. The President wants $5 billion to build a border wall, and the House has agreed, but the Senate seems no closer to agreeing.

No matter how one feels about the wall or border spending more generally, shutdowns and regular shutdown threats are a sign that the process is very broken. If there is any hope of meaningful spending reform in our future, a critical step is seeking commonsense reforms that will allow it to happen, instead of sticking with the regularly scheduled chaos of the status quo.