October 2013

As I write this our leadership in Washington is unable to take the steps needed to avoid a government shutdown. This latest crisis gives the media lots of fodder for dire predictions of economic catastrophe. 

As I often say, my crystal ball is broken and I do not know what the future will bring, but, I can remind you that this is the 17 time in the last 40 years that this happened. Sometimes the shutdown lasts for a few days and others for a few weeks. In every case after the politicians score their idealogical points things return to normal. 

I don't know whether this will be different or not but sooner or later a resolution will 
take place. Let's hope for sooner.

Go Sox,

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