I understand why there is gridlock. I understand why the Republicans have refused to cave to the Democrat's "we will not negotiate, never, not ever" approach.
The fact of the matter is that the federal government is simply too big.
It has lied and pried it's way into every aspect of our lives, be it telephone surveillance of America citizens on a massive scale, or a forced tax if citizens refuse to purchase health insurance that they either don't need or don't want.
Most are content with the status quo. Many want even further government intrusion.
But enough is enough, and a stand must be made.
That is why we are here, rounding out day three of the soon to be infamous Government shutdown of 2013.
Has it affected me? Yea, i'd say so. A little bit. Here's a snapshot of my time-card for today.
I don't work for the government. As a matter of fact, i work for a private, non-profit FFRDC. However, a large portion of our contracts come from the NASA and the military. So when they are affected by a government shutdown, it eventually trickles down to us. It would be kind of amusing, if it weren't so sad.
I don't know if these ideological differences that are fracturing the bicameral legislature, let alone the people, of this country can be mended. This is how revolutions happen. And perhaps with the power of the purse, congress might just end up spurring some sort of action.
Only time will tell.