It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. And, as long as Congress refuses to do its job and vote to spend the money necessary to run the federal government, people will get hurt.
The economic damage that is rippling through the economy, the result of furloughed workers and closed national parks, along with the human damage caused by shuttered cancer trials, nutrition programs and Head Start classes, falls the hardest on the powerless and the poor. But the small faction of reactionary Republicans who are holding up the appropriation process are not only oblivious to that fact, they are apparently motivated by it.
That's because their primary reason for these irresponsible behaviors led, in part, by Utah's own Sen. Mike Lee and abetted by Reps. Chris Stewart, Jason Chaffetz, Rob Bishop and even Democrat Jim Matheson is an obsession with bringing down the Affordable Care Act. And that is a goal which would also harm the poor and powerless while sparing the rich and insured.