It’s the 4th of July weekend, and here in Minnesota we’ve decided to celebrate by declaring our independence from any sort of state government. The State of MN is in a government shutdown, so state parks, waysides, and any other state entities are closed for the duration. State employees get a long vacation – so long nobody knows when it will end.
All political posturing aside, this is what happens when the “compromise is weakness” and “what’s mine is mine, what’s yours is negotiable” attitude creep into the statehouse. The legislature tells us what a crisis this is, but not so much of a big deal that they would stay over the weekend and work things out. Most have retired to their country estates. Just like the CEO’s who lay people off while they exercise their stock options and pad their pockets with the resulting bump.
Judging by American’s waistlines, it’s not a leaner world, but it sure as hell is a meaner one.