A skilled cornerback in the NFL is called a “shut down corner.”
Soon, a rabid Congressman will be monikered a “shut down Rep.”
Like a drunk stumbling over a curb, the U.S. Congress tripped over its midnight deadline on Monday night, and the Federal government came to a halt. Today, over 800,000 employees stayed home from work. For what?
Of course, the reasons for the shut-down have shifted, if not dissolved, in the past few days. Indeed, the surreal conduct of the U.S. House of Reps reminds me of the climactic scene from the classic Eighties movie “Taps” …. we rebelled against authority, we took over the academy, now what do we do?
It would be funny, if it wasn’t so tragic. In Northern Virginia, hundreds of thousands of families are dependent on a paycheck from a Federal agency. Indeed, an entire city (Washington D.C.) is dependent on a functioning Federal government.
I said it once and I’ll say it again — classify the President and Congress as “non-essential” Federal employees and this will be settled in 24 hours. Guaranteed.