This has got to be the worst:
Women, Infants, and Children: The Department of Agriculture will cut off support for the Women, Infants and Children program, which helps pregnant women and new moms buy healthy food and provides nutritional information and health care referrals. The program reaches some 9 million Americans. The USDA estimates most states have funds to continue their programs for "a week or so," but they'll "likely be unable to sustain operations for a longer period" — emergency funds may run out by the end of October.
I mean, seriously? Not only will the shutdown cost us maybe $2 billion in today's dollars ($1.2 billion the last time they pulled this off) but pregnant and nursing women can go take a flying leap too, babies in tow, for all they care.
Also: the Blame Game, in which Obama's mad as hell (for once, but he should have blown his top a long time ago) and not gonna take it anymore. Can't say I blame him. Money (yes: the thing we're now spending much more of than we did before the shutdown so Republicans can throw tantrums and pout like kids while regular folks frown and maturely disapprove) quote:
"One faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government shut down major parts of the government all because they didn't like one law," Mr. Obama said. "This Republican shut down did not have to happen, but I want every American to understand why it did happen. Republicans in the House of Representatives refused to fund the government unless we defunded or dismantled the Affordable Care Act. They've shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. In other words, they demanded ransom just for doing their job."
If he talked like that all the time maybe the Republicans never would never have messed with him in the first place. As it is he's been (not that I dislike him as a person because of it) too soft-spoken, indecisive and tried to play Switzerland with them too many times. They have no respect for that; they have walked all over him.
Scorecard: Shutdown - 72% against | 22% for, which tells you (if you're not an extremist) all you'll ever need to know about this country: even the constituents of our most hardline political party aren't so terribly hardline after all.