In Season Five of the TV series West Wing, when Jeb Bartlet refused to cave to Speaker Haffley’s 11th hour demands on a Continuing Resolution for the national budget, the Federal government is shut down.


The audience was informed in the following episode of the reasoning – what that 1-3% represented in program cuts and who would suffer the most – the children, elderly and poor. It made the Republicans look like exactly what they were portraying – rich elitists who found themselves in the driver’s seat, steering the American Government straight into their own greedy desires. And it all made sense.

While I am horrified at the ripple effects a shut down will cause, I am rooting for President Obama to not cave to Speaker Boehner and the Republican Thugs who are currently in control of congress.