If you’ve been following the recent events, and commentaries, on the US government shutdown, you no doubt have formed your opinion on the cause(s) of our current stalemate.
One analysis you might not have seen is Ryan Lizza’s The New Yorker post, which explains, in more detail than I’ve seen anywhere, the reasons behind the strength/power of those who are pushing Speaker of the House John Boehner:
The Suicide Caucus
And to see graphically at least one cost of the shutdown, double click on the graphic below. Of course there are other costs, both financially and otherwise, but this one is quite clear.
(Be sure to double click on this graphic.)