Just read Neale’s write up on the US government’s shutdown. (link)

I thought a reader’s comment is worth sharing:

How can a nation and president encounter such insurmountable resistence when all one is trying to do is enable people’s most basic right to life? It is worse than in Middle age Europe when people believed that pest was transfered from foreigners, Jews, or certain minority groups, and cats were believed to be evil and killing all the cats, making the rat population grow and pest uncontrollable. This situation is like those people then realizing the true cause of the disease, but refusing to acknowledge it! Everyone sees the benefit, as they certainly will in hindsight, some are refusing to acknowledge it to defend what they think is more important. Maybe it’s money, maybe power, maybe being right, but their party or group interests and their agenda are more important than good of the many and life itself.