Today is October 1, 2013. Today, the US House of Representatives and the US Senate failed to meet its obligations to the American people. Today, the US government shut down. There is no immediate solution to this problem.
The Democrats refuse to give up on Obamacare. The Republicans want to gut it. Whatever our feelings on Obamacare might be, at the end of the day, it is the law of the land. The Republicans, if they are committed to the concept of law, need to accept this and move on.
To be fair though, the Democrats might also realize that people are losing jobs and employers are refusing to hire full-time people due to this law.
Just because they sit on opposite sides of the political aisle does not mean that opposing parties are wrong in everything they have ever thought or done.
At the end of the day, 800,000 will not show up to work tomorrow. These are people with families to support. These are people with mortgages to pay and groceries to buy. These are people who have been faithful servants of a government, and who were let go with little fanfare.
President Reagan is quoted as saying that he would not allow himself to "go off the cliff with all flags flying." It is a great statement about the idea of political compromise. Sadly, that idea seems egregiously lost now, leaving the nation hanging in the balance of political bickering.
A plague o' both your houses.