Not only does the politics of this make no sense what-so-ever, they have said they will pay all of the non-working Federal employees while they are NOT at work. So, now we are paying them to stay home and not work. Someone tell me how that makes any sense at all.
Now back in 95 when they did this (it wasn't to this scale though) they did give back pay to everyone who had been "out of work", but they're not holding out much hope of that this time around.
Our politicians are more concerned with what they can get out of being in office vs fulfilling the meaning of politics. I.e. For or of the citizens
Everyone is more concerned with special interest, large corporations (i.e. Big money), getting reelected and not working with each other. Please someone take us back to the days of Nelson Rockefeller when the "ultras" where the extreme minority in DC and moderates ran the government.
Let's see, the debt was less 400 billion, the middle class was prospering and doing well and politicians had to vote on whether or not they could get a raise (it was part of the public record) vs getting an automatic one EVERY year.
I think we should all just have a "tea party"
Of course the funniest (and ironic) part of all this is the original Tea Party participants (you might have heard of them....they dumped a lot of tea off a ship in Boston harbor back in Dec 1773) were the ultra liberals of there day (as were many of the Founding Fathers) and the group who started this shutdown (and named themselves after that 1773 Boston group) are ultra conservatives.