A storm is brewing in Washington. It's called the budget impasse. If nothing is done to stop it, The destruction will last and last.

This is more than just politics. Our economy's future is at stake. Shutting down our government Is a huge mistake.

Social Security checks will be delayed. Medicare and Medicaid will be affected too. And layoffs after layoffs Will make us feel blue.

Environmental regulations Will take a sudden nasty vacation. Programs like Head Start Will be gutted at the heart.

Educational funding will have to wait While the Federal Government takes a break.

Holding the budget in such duress Is going to create a long term mess.