The First of Many Shutdowns

Looks like the first big government shutdown is imminent. This month.

Yesterday, Democrats' chief appropriator, Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) unveiled what's known as an omnibus spending bill -- a bundled up package of appropriations legislation, earmarks, and other measures -- which would keep the government running for a year.

In response, most Republicans -- even those whose multimillion dollar earmark requests are included in the legislation -- are saying, "Hell no you can't!"

All those old people who voted wingnut last month? They won't be getting their Social Security checks or Medicare reimbursements if the government shuts down. But, you know, President Obama is black and a liberal, so shaming him will make up for it. No?