David B. Grinberg
Thanks for the additional comments, Mark. The juxtaposition you mentioned reminds me of that old saying: money talks, BS walks.
Therefore, as the debt ceiling deadline moves closer we should expect Wall Street and corporate America to start applying the pressure to Congress and the President. This will get them to the negotiating table and result in some kind of deal, even if it means just kicking the can down the road for several weeks.
Regarding your visit, it's simply embarrassing and unacceptable that visitors to America are also being negatively affected by the failures of our political leaders in Washington.
As a long-time federal employee, I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience you are experiencing during your trip. Feds are merely being used as pawns in a political power struggle where ultimately nobody wins.
In short, this unnecessary federal shutdown gives a bad name to Uncle Sam and America's unique form of democratic governance.