We're in day two of the federal government shutdown and Americans are none too pleased about it.
I don't know about you, but my Facebook and Twitter streams have been on fire with Democrats AND Republicans expressing anger, disappointment, and fear about the fact that our legislators can't seem to come to an agreement about, well ... just about anything.
Our writers from The Stir were eager to talk about the shutdown and how it makes them feel about the folks on Capitol Hill. Check out our video discussion in this week's Moms Matter Google Hangout.
This morning, reports indicate that our legislators are no closer to coming to any sort of deal on the federal budget. Experts say the shutdown will last at least a week, possibly TWO weeks.
Fortunately, things of major importance like mail service, Social Security payments, and our soldiers' salaries are still covered -- but 800,000 "non-essential" federal workers are getting an unexpected, unpaid vacation right now, and with the holidays coming up, the timing couldn't be worse.
Also, some unexpected repercussions are happening as a result of the shutdown. Searchers can no longer look for the body of a woman who went missing at Moon National Monument. A couple's dream wedding was canceled as a result of the shutdown. And who knows how many family and school trips to Washington have been ruined this week by the fact that nothing they traveled to see is open?!
Our politicians need to get their acts together and learn to compromise. Seriously, people. If our kids can do it, SO CAN YOU.
How do you feel about the government shutdown? Are you frustrated with legislators right now, or do you feel it's important for them to stick to their guns, even if it means going to extremes?