Day 16 of the shutdown. I've been out of work two weeks. As a contractor, I've lost irrecoverable income; no retroactive pay for me.
It is so discouraging. I worked at ASPE, the heart of darkness as far as Obamacare is concerned - the offices that shaped policy for that landmark legislation. And if I learned anything working as HHS, it's just how hard people in government labor in service to the nation.
Yet the far right can only disparage those efforts. It has no understanding of policy, no interest in a constructive dialog. Instead, we get avowed un-truth, slander and wanton disrespect for the institutions of legislation. It is a conclave of ignorants, steeped in racial bigotry, with minds poisoned by religion. Somehow, this minority has been allowed to grab the levers of national power.
I really believe that the Shutdown was the point of the Shutdown. The Tea Party regards closing the government as its own victory. They have vindictively punished hundreds of thousands because they've been unable to achieve their political ends legitimately.
So now we come to the final impasse, the 11th hour despiration, the ultimate attempt at sanity before catastrophe. Will the bona-fide assholes - Ted Cruz in particular - be able to resist the temptation for grands standing and agrandizement at the expense of the country's welfare? I certainly hope so.
Stocks are up at this moment. I don't know why. I'm certainly not so optimistic. To the Tea Party, America in default is its own point. Why? Because they can.