"America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between." -- Oscar Wilde.
If you were following the budget fight in Congress this week that almost shut down the federal government last night, you'd wonder if we are still at the barbarism stage. If you followed it all very closely, then you have a stronger stomach than I do.
Earlier in the week I was talking on the phone with an IRS agent in Chicago who literally didn't know if she would be working this week because it hadn't been determined yet whether her department was "essential".
It's always fun to find that you're a non-essential.