AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
"All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell [the bible] teaches us how to run all our public policy and everything in society." Rep. Paul Broun (R)
The elections are far enough away that the shutdown will be forgotten in the heartland. Most people aren't affected by the shutdown except by the pettiness coming from the Spite House. Inside the Beltway it's big news because lots of government blood suckers live there. In the heartland people hear about Park service workers shutting veterans in wheel chairs out of war memorials or local park workers shutting down parks or taking handles off water fountains. Obama has shown himself to be petty, small minded, vindictive and closed minded. These will be the lasting memories of he shutdown, not the lay off of non essential workers in Washington.
As a bonus question, why do non essential workers exist in government?
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury." Attributed to Alexander Tytler