Let me begin by stating the obvious: unfortunately, because the problems underneath the current government shutdown have long and deep roots, those problems are not going away any time soon.
Like you, I hope and pray the government fully re-opens tomorrow.
But even if it does, and even if -- as I wish could be the case -- everyone who, through no fault of their own, is being harmed financially by the shutdown were somehow made whole, we would still have a major problem on our hands.
That's because the government shutdown, bad as it is, is only one symptom of a larger crisis.
I believe the word "crisis" is correct. We are facing a crisis.
But the crisis we're facing is not the huddled masses yearning to breathe free who are making their ways to our borders and shores. It is a crisis of leadership on Capitol Hill and in the White House.
As I argued last week, I believe …