800,000 government employees were furloughed on Tuesday, October 1st. The media are all a-twitter with reports on the Obamacare/Government-shutdown controversy.
At first, the controversy seemed to be just another “drama” staged by the drama-queens we’ve elected to Congress. For example, The Washington Times published “House rejects restoration of funds during shutdown for veterans, parks” which declared in part:
“With the government shutdown closing national monuments and sending federal office workers home, House Republicans changed tactics Tuesday and tried to pass individual spending bills that they said would restore money to high-profile programs such as veterans affairs, national parks and the Smithsonian Institution.
“But House Democrats, backed by a presidential veto threat, blocked the bills, saying that while they supported the spending, it was unfair for Republicans to make them pick and choose from popular programs.”
Politics in Congress has become so polarized that the Republican and Democrat parties seem like spouses in a particularly bad marriage. Neither “spouse” can figure out how to please the other. Both insist that, even if he or she gets what they want, something is still wrong.