I have a rare free moment so I'm just going to voice a few opinions real quick. First, some background: I live in Silver Spring and commute to Rosslyn, so I'm in and out of DC at least twice a day. I have family and friends working for the government, and my company is a consulting firm that helps the government. I will be affected by this possible shutdown in some way.
I'm not going to pick sides because, the fact is, every single member of Congress is to blame. Tea Party, Green Party, bipartisan, I don't care. You've all failed us. I wish I could change it. But it's April 2011, we haven't had a budget since September 30 of last year, and no one is allowed to get away with this outside the government. Businesses and corporations have to have a budget in order to pay their workers. You all just keep on going, fighting and bickering like children, and no one gets anywhere. Stop being stubborn. Stop naming names and making excuses. You're not 6 anymore. Let's get this done with the least amount of damage possible. Some people have rent to pay and can't afford for you to keep pointing fingers. Just get. it. done.