What the $%#@ is happening? I’m writing this 17 minutes after the Federal government shut down — for the first time in 17 years. I remember clearly the last time this happened. It was stupid and superfluous and self-destructive then. It’s stupid, superfluous and self-destructive now.
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday prepared Americans for what he called an "entirely preventable" government shutdown at midnight while urging Republicans in Congress to reach an 11th hour deal to avoid economic harm.