Here's what I don't understand, though, and I'm hoping some of the smart people around here can explain it to me.
The government doesn't really shut down. Some of it keeps going. I think they say "essential services" stay running, but a lot of government employees will be sent home, according to news reports:
If Congress fails to fund the federal government by Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year, the government will go into partial shutdown. Some government functions – those deemed essential – will continue as usual, while others will be suspended. If a shutdown proceeds the way it would have in 2011 (had the last funding impasse had not been resolved in time), 800,000 of 2.1 million federal employees would be furloughed.And that's what I don't understand. Why is the government doing anything other than essential services in the first place? I mean, if it's not essential, why is the government doing it?
That's easy. Because people want you and me to pay for their stuff. It's totally unreasonable to expect people who want things to actually go out and get a job and buy stuff, when they have the government spending other people's money to give them things.
Now, the media is gonna play this whole thing as the mean ol' Republicans -- especially those influenced by the Evil Tea Party -- not caring for women and babies and such.
But don't blame the GOP. Or the TEA Party.
Blame me. I'd love to get credit for shutting down non-essential government services. So, if you're one of those leeches that live off the government and you're impacted by the shutdown of non-essential services, maybe you're non-essential.
So go make yourself essential, grow up, and become a productive member of society.
Or be your normal self. As long as the non-essential services aren't supplying non-essential people with non-essentials, I'm good with it.