The federal government is shutdown, or slowed down, if you prefer, and the U.S. House of
Representatives and the Senate appear to be no closer than before on agreeing on a plan to fund the government.
While a government shutdown is one thing, a more serious date approaches in mid-October when the country reaches its debt ceiling.
Without a budget or a continuing resolution to fund the government after hitting that ceiling, the U.S. Treasury faces the prospect of defaulting on its debt, a prospect that can do considerably more long-term damage to the government and the global economy than a short shut-down.
But arrogance and egotism seem to be more important to some of our so-called leaders than working to resolve current issues.
On Monday afternoon, just hours before the budget deadline, President Barack Obama took to the airwaves to speak directly to the American people.
"All of this is entirely preventable if the House chooses to do what the Senate has already done."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said "Republicans must decide whether to pass the Senate's clean [Continuing Resolution], or force a Republican government shutdown."