The shutdown really does affect everyone, everywhere in some way.
I have been catching up on the Daily Show over the last few days, and tonight I watched Stewart speak about the economy with renowned economist Joseph Sitglitz. Stiglitz is a former Chief Economist of the World Bank and professor at Columbia University. One piece of the discussion especially caught my attention:
If you look at those who have made the most important contributions in our society, the guys who did the basic ideas behind the computer…medicine…DNA…they didn’t do it for money. And if you had taxed them at 80% they would have done what they did. So, this notion that innovation depends on the tax rate I think is absurd. (Episode 17,129 – 9:45)