Here is a letter from a man serving in Afghanistan in a non-military role. He will not be paid during the shut-down, but he will be expected to work. Worse is the message we send when we accept the notion that all government workers are leeches and all government work is unnecessary.
The absurd shut-down is unnecessary, but it is also unpatriotic. And crazy. Let's hope it is the last gasp of the hideous monster which arose out of hate, the Tea Party.
Here is a good summary.
Obamacare, which was originally a Republican plan, is the law of the land. Congress legally must fund it. That game is over.
Attempts to ruin the faith and credit of the United States in a pout over losing an election--or two--are treasonous acts of vandalism.