As of October first, all non essential government offices will shut across the US, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be furloughed and museums closed, that is unless the House, votes to compromise, this Friday, on a short term government funding bill. The problem with this bill is, that it includes provisions for the "Obamacare" act and this is the reason that the shutdown is becoming an ever greater possibility as the days tick away.
The situation in recent years has escalated, and as an ordinary member of the public, who has no interest in political girly slapping/ handbag fighting, it seems like only yesterday that they were talking about the same thing. Also notice the terminology used in the bill being "short term". Just another step on the circus stairs. When can we see Fiscal cliff episode 12?