Military people will eventually get paid but will have to wait for their paychecks until the crisis is over, and most civilian military employees will be furloughed.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would be shut down, delaying gun permits.
Federal small-business and housing loans would be delayed, too.
Oh, and thousands of federal employees would be temporarily thrown out of work, causing great hardship for them and their families, in addition to the American economy.
A Bloomberg poll released this week showed that Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama and Obamacare, but not as much as they disapprove of Congress. They — and we — wish those House and Senate characters would stop being bad actors playing political games, and start thinking about real-life honorable compromise for their country.