Of course, the drivebys want you to believe the country is paralyzed AND the GOP is to blame. Never mind that the shutdown only affects federally-managed tourist attractions and a few other non-essential things. Yet the drivebys will find some families with kids crying about their vacation being ruined to put on camera.
There are 535 folks up there whose main job is to put together a budget for the government to live by. It rarely gets done. (The last time? 2009.)
Other than the prison guards, border guards, military, and air traffic controllers, how much of federal spending is actually essential? I say pull the plug on all BUT THAT STUFF. The heat will really be on the charlatans on Capitol Hill then.
Don’t turn the spigot back on until they come up with a real budget where our liabilities are honestly addressed and revenues and expenditures actually match up.