I was a teacher in Washington DC the last time the government shutdown, and DC being a federal city, the effects were felt more strongly by the population; of course, a lot of this went unreported.
I am on the opposite side of that coast nowadays; I personally have felt the effects of sequestration, and I wondering how this shut down will affect people just trying to make it every day.
My personal belief is, forget politics for a moment, and think about the people who elected you to office, think of ‘we the people’, not your political ego.
United States is the land of plenty, and I have been recently reminded that this is a “first world problem”. This is the kind of problem where people in countries without as much bounty are thinking “what is wrong with you all?”.
The endless and pointless news cycles, the political brinksmanship, the absolute idiocy of the situation could be solved by thinking about one thing: remember who you work for.
What is in the best interest of the people? Not your interpretation, but what is truly in the best interest of the people.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III