Yeah. I try not to rant about politics, but this government shutdown... This is exactly what we've been talking about: the politicians are out of touch with us commoners. To said politicians, I say this: When we voted for you, that was our way of saying we think you're the best choice of candidates to put our country's interests at heart (and I mean the real country - that cliché 99 percent everyone's sick of hearing about).
As Bob Greene said, "If we had paid for an airline ticket, and in the middle of our trip the airline informed us that one leg of our journey had been canceled, we would justifiably demand a refund. If we ordered an annual subscription to 52 weeks of a magazine, and then, a few months into it, the magazine told us that its new policy was to publish only 26 issues a year, we would, with good reason, ask for half of our money back. If we paid for a one-year membership in a health club, and the club announced that it would have to close for repairs for three months, we would expect a 25% refund. So ... exactly when can we expect to see our refund checks from the federal government?"
You have failed us. We pay you - we trusted you - to keep things up and running. I don't pretend to think I could do that job, but it is your job, and you're not doing it. None of you.
Yes, I'm talking to you, Senate Democrats who are treating the Affordable Care Act as sacred and refusing to make the slightest compromise on any part of it. Yes, I'm talking to you, House Republicans who are financially holding this country hostage just so you can get your way. Yes, I'm talking to you, Mr. President, who is more engrossed in partisan politics than ever before, and at a time when you should be working on reaching out to everyone and finding solutions that both parties can live with (inb4 "Bawww Obama's reaching out but those mean old Republicans won't cooperate waah! - that's bullshit. It takes two to fight.) Bottom line, you're all responsible, and that's irrelevant. I don't care whose fault it is. While you're sitting there pointing fingers at each other, those of us down here on the ground are worrying from day to day about whether we're going to still have a job in the morning, or if we'll be able to afford to pay all our bills. We don't care whose fault it is. We don't care who caused this problem. We want it fixed, and we want it fixed now. It's what you're paid to do. Do it. Stop stamping your little feet and carrying on like children.