So, will the world end? Of course not. Mandatory spending under the 2013 spending levels is close to the (SET ITAL) entirety of all federal spending (END ITAL) in the last years of the Clinton administration. And we all remember what an economic nightmare those years were. The stock market (SET ITAL) rose (END ITAL) the day of the shutdown. When the feds spitefully attempted to shut down the site of the World War II memorial, World War II veterans simply removed barriers and toured the site, with one police officer explaining, "I'm not going to enforce the no stopping or standing sign for a group of 90 World War II veterans. I'm a veteran myself." Even those federal workers furloughed are reportedly slated to receive back pay, making this a paid vacation.
But let's pretend for a moment that the world will end if the government does not dump billions into the Environmental Protection Agency. Let's assume that businesses everywhere will begin using human flesh in their Soylent Green thanks to Food and Drug Administration cutbacks. Why isn't President Obama negotiating?
The answer is obvious: He has no interest in doing so. The end of the world is (SET ITAL) good news (END ITAL) for him. That's why the media are playing it up. That's why Obama sent a letter to every single federal employee complaining about the government shutdown and has turned the White House website into a propaganda effort against Congress. President Obama doesn't govern unless his party dominates the government. Otherwise, he campaigns.
And it's campaigning season. So sit back. It's going to be a not-so-bumpy ride, even if the media would have us think otherwise.