Ok seriously: how does on explain to others how/why the US can just shut down when parties disagree? I literally have no words to explain it that make sense when I say them aloud. Not to belittle any of the hardships those furloughed will endure, but this is just embarrassing.
Gone are the days of statesmen and compromise… All we have left are politicians and hard liners… Sadly, we only have ourselves (the voters) to blame. Sigh.
(OMG was the last shut down really 20 years ago?!? The news keeps repeating that “20 years”, as if to hammer home that I am officially old. I remember dealing with its “trickle down” effects at work, when my engineering firm had a GSA contact for remediation of Nike Missile sites…. Not pretty for those furloughed nor the others whose work was tied to government contracts, nor those who provided services to govt employees, etc.)