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Monday is supposed to be a federal holiday, but how do you shut down the government when it's already shutdown? Do you open it briefly, then bar the doors? Suppose Columbus' trip to America had been run by modern day politicians. Things might be very different, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.
The average Thrift Savings Plan account balance is fast approaching $100,000. And that's great, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But what should investors do during this time of stock market jitters over the shutdown and the debt ceiling limit?
Does the following set of statements best describe your marriage or your job: I love you. I hate you. Go away. Come back. If you work for Uncle Sam, the answer may be both, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.
We don't know when the next government shutdown will begin. Or when this one will end. It could be two weeks, or not until another five or 10 years, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. In the meantime, here are some survival tips from vets of the shutdown wars...
When life hands you lemons ... You know how the saying goes, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But what happens when life hands you -- and about 800,000 of your co-workers -- something else. Say, one of the world's stinkiest fruits.
While 800,000 furloughed federal workers are wondering how they are going to make ends meet, members of the House and Senate who allowed the shutdown to happen are living large and high on Capitol Hill, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.
I don't think I have ever, ever in my life referred to someone as being passionate, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. It just doesn't seem right. Or it's used too often. But almost everybody I talked to about Bill Bransford used the word: Passionate. And I would agree.
If they ever make a movie or TV sitcom about Congress, they might consider calling it something like "The Wizards of Oooze". And nobody knows why better than feds on the brink of the cliff, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.
If you've been in government for at least two years, this is not your first shutdown rodeo. If you have been around a long time, you've been to the brink a lot, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But even if one (or even both) sides blink, this is going to happen again. Soon.
In politics, as in football, sometimes the best move is to punt. And even if you are not a sports fan or political junkie consider what Congress and the Washington football team have in common: So far this season both are losers. The difference is the football team is bound to win one while Congress keeps failing to score and punting, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.