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Many on this side of the Atlantic have watched the US shut-down with astonishment and disbelief. The BBC has had some helpful coverage. The New York Times ("U.S. Shutdown Nears as House Votes to Delay Health Law", September 28, 2013) had an interesting paragraph:
Representative John Culberson of Texas said that as he and his colleagues were clamoring for a vote, he shouted out his own encouragement. “I said, like 9/11, ‘Let’s roll!' ” That the Senate would almost certainly reject the health care delay, he added, was not a concern. “Ulysses S. Grant used to say, ‘Boys, quit worrying about what Bobby Lee is doing. I want to know what we are doing.’ And that’s what the House is doing today, thank God.”
Culberson is a name that will be familiar to some for his interest in numismatics.

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kyri said…
can you imagine what certain parties would be saying if this happend in greece or italy.museums closing,national parks closed,all non essential staff told to remain home,the mind boggles.
ps,thank god i live in the uk,a country with a conscience and a brilliant NHS,which im more than happy to pay for,with a few pounds in NI contributions.i wouldnt like to be poor and ill in us.
Congressman Culberson is a passionate man whether you agree with him or not. He's also passionate about protecting the interests of ancient coin collectors. But what's really great is that this is a bipartisan issue-- Democratic Senators Gillibrand, Schumer and the late Arlen Specter have also raised concerns about how the State Department has applied import restrictions to cultural goods. I'll admit we need more of that here in DC, but serious policy disputes can't really be papered over-- that's a given in real democracy.

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