A few observations:
1) Apparently, not a whole hell of a lot of the government was shut down.
2) Nonetheless, there does seem to be an abundance of “non-essential” employees (of whom I am a member in good standing), which at least suggests that there is, indeed, plenty of room for cuts in the federal workforce and the programs they administer.
3) The Tea Party and the elected representatives associated with it are (predictably) being portrayed as wild-eyed losers in the liberal media as a result of their failure to defund or delay ObamaCare – to which I respond, that the Declaration of Independence probably began to look like a bad idea to a lot of people during the winter of 1777-1778.
4) Most of the Republican Senate is a kind of political Jurassic Park, a zoo filled with small-brained mossbacks whose only genuinely beneficial contribution to the world will consist in their departure from it (and, by all means, stand not upon the order of your going).
5) Obama is a glorified faculty-lounge boor, a narrow-minded (as befits the typical academic, these days) petty tyrant who would reign rather than preside if he had the chance, and who gives every indication that he is actively looking for just such an opportunity. We have seen the alacrity with which he moved to annoy the populace in relatively small things when he didn’t get his way (e.g., shutting down open-air memorials and even scenic overlooks); picture that same petulant and manipulative temperament framing a response in greater matters when he finds himself thwarted or simply pissed off – health care, for instance. Would a president who concerns himself with choosing specific drone targets abroad shrink from directing the issuance of subpoenas on behalf of death panels? Somehow I doubt it.
6) I reflect, somewhat wistfully, upon my recent decision to purchase two 30-round magazines for my Ruger Mini-14; in retrospect, I rather wish I had ordered five.