The democratic process was kidnapped by Republicans (and seven Democrats) in the U.S. House of Representatives on October 1.
The solution, in any case, is only temporary with another showdown or shutdown possible again early next year.
The tea party is not your typical conservative group. They are as close to fascist as you can get away with today.
The government crisis takes place as we near the start of the sixth year of economic depression; only the wealthiest one-tenth of one percent have fully recovered.
"When all is said and done, the most telling thing that people will remember is that at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 1, the Republicans shut down the government."
"Punishing federal workers and taxpayers to prove a point is a temper tantrum worthy of a four-year old, not a policy choice of a responsible political party."
At least 800,000 of the nation's 2.1 million federal workers will be required to stay home Tuesday if the government shuts down as a result of Republican grandstanding.
The chances of avoiding a goverment shutdown in five days are becoming slimmer and slimmer, and the union AFGE is in full mobilization mode against it.
Right-wing Republicans in the Missouri legislature and their main financial supporter, libertarian billionaire Rex Sinquefield, suffered a stinging defeat.
An Indiana judge ruled the state's "right-to-work" (for less) law is unconstitutional.