FOX News reports that "The White House and congressional leaders are locked in a game of brinksmanshhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifip over a spending impasse that increasingly is looking like it will force the government to shut down by weekend...."
Pertinent questions: Will the Democrats try to exploit this impasse? Will the Republicans wash their hands of all responsibility? Are both parties to blame? Will the earth continue to revolve on its axis? The answer to all four is a resounding YES! It's about time Congress carried out its constitutional responsibility of drawing up and passing a budget.
UPDATE: The Washington Times mentions one government operation many citizens will not miss in a shutdown: IRS audits! Sadly, people who mailed in paper tax returns may experience delays in receiving refunds.