*+-Larry Wines: Shut the government down. Do it. Throw your temper-tantrum, shake your baby rattle, have another drink, crawl back into your tanning booth, and cry yourself to sleep because you can’t give your extremist teabagger absolutists their way about everything.
"In order to simply reopen the government, the Republicans wanted sequester-level funding. Then they wanted to end Obamacare. Now they want to make major cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid." -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
These articles address the Republican led government shutdown.
*+-David Love: With only a week left until a potentially apocalyptic default on the federal debt, which could wreck the world economy, the approval rating of the Tea-Party-led Congress is at an abysmal all-time low, hovering somewhere between 5 percent and 11 percent, depending on who you ask. Apparently, and not surprisingly, hostage taking does not count as productive work by the American people.