I just want to preface this by saying that I only have a minor understanding of politics. Politicians tend to say a lot but really mean nothing, so I don't really pay attention. As one does when there's someone blowing hot air. Therefore, what I say here is COMPLETELY opinion, and really just the outside observations of someone who cares more about the fate of the baseball postseason than really what goes on in Washington. Which makes me sound like an AWFULLY shallow person, but there you have it.
The United States Federal government, for the first time in over two decades, has shut down. 800,000, that's right, EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND, people have been furloughed, meaning they're basically out of work, without pay, for WHO KNOWS HOW LONG. And why has this awful thing happened? Because the bigwigs up in Washington can't figure out how to reconcile their differences long enough to sign off on a budget. Basically, the House and the Senate are sitting up in DC going "I want this." "Well I want this. And I definitely don't want you to have THIS." In the meantime, the thing that the House is fighting tooth and nail about is going into action. So really what we have here is the full scale, grown up equivalent of two toddlers throwing temper tantrums. But instead of just making a scene in the middle of the grocery store or park, they're making a scene on a global scale. You hear that? A GLOBAL SCALE. Countries around the world are watching as one of the major super powers in the world, the self proclaimed "best country ever", basically implodes. It's frankly terrifying and embarrassing to those of us who simply want to live their simple lives, and do the best they can. How can we be expected to reach our full potential and strive to be better when we're being run by fit throwing idiots?