Our democracy is in really big trouble when 40 members of the Tea Party can halt the businesses and lives of 350 million people. The main characteristic of the Tea Party is that they know nothing about how things work or how each segment affects another -- good or bad. Rush Limbaugh once said that he wanted Obama to fail. When the president fails we all fail, as we are all connected. When things don't go right in one part it cascades to everything else.
The sooner these lunatics are out of office the sooner we can get back to somewhat normal.