Perhaps I'm getting so used to the ways of Washington and the methods of the main stream media that the shutting of the government and the way it's been reported no longer shocks me. Frankly I see no way around this. Representatives are elected by voters to stand up for the principles they have campaigned on. Therefore as the left wants more and more government and the right wants less and less, there is bound to be a blockage. One side has to cave in and at the moment, as usual, the left is better at the blame game then the right so they will eventually win and the country will move inexorably leftwards. Elections have consequences!