When someone tells you the shutdown isn’t a big deal, read this paragraph.
“The senators who voted against background checks for online and gun-show sales, and those who voted against checks to screen out would-be gun buyers with mental illness, failed to do their job. They looked at these most benign and practical of solutions, offered by moderates from each party, and then they looked over their shoulder at the powerful, shadowy gun lobby — and brought shame on themselves and our government itself by choosing to do nothing. […] Our democracy’s history is littered with names we neither remember nor celebrate — people who stood in the way of progress while protecting the powerful. On Wednesday, a number of senators voted to join that list.”
From: Gabrielle Giffords in a scathing New York Times op-ed piece today, after the Senate failed to meet the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation for universal background checks
The cost of the War on Terror vs. the Curiosity mission.
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