The heroic struggle of the Greek people against a nation-killing austerity regime has failed, at least for now.
Way over a million workers are immediately affected by the shutdown. Will they get back pay once the government starts up again? With this Congress, who knows?
Hundreds of thousands of laid off and discharged workers have lost their health insurance as a result of the current depression, resulting in an alarming jump in the amount of medical debt.
Cutbacks and layoffs have touched off huge street protests, general strikes, and the collapse of governments.
Debtocracy, a free online movie distributed under Creative Commons license, exposes roots of Greece and Europe's debt crisis and offers an alternative to austerity policies.
The debt ceiling crisis is the latest in a series of hostage crises instigated by the extreme right wing.
David Brooks, the New York Times columnist, recently opined, "The current welfare state is simply unsustainable and anybody who is serious, on left or right, has to have a new vision of the social contract."
Like many other crucial times in our nation's history, the American people are stepping up and speaking out for democracy and fairness on the debt and deficits.
There are signs that the Italian economy is running off the rails, but the signs are subtle. Lots of locked houses and long grass, for instance.
Americans have a lot in common with the people in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America struggling against debt austerity.