Your Sunday Hymn: Be Merciful Unto Me O God - For the first Sunday of Lent, Be Merciful Unto Me O God sung by That Choir.
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|Ludwig von Mises (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|English: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff, react in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the health care reform bill. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks, no form of government, can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical [imaginary] idea. If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men; so that we do not depend upon their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them.*
|Cantor and other House and Senate leaders meeting with President Barack Obama in November 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Said a senior administration official: “We are winning...It doesn't really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.”To his credit, House Speaker Boehner responded with appropriate anger: “This is not some damn game!”
White House allies, however, say a long shutdown could make the White House's position less tenable. Mr. Obama is the most visible symbol of the U.S. government, they say, and will inevitably share in the blame as hardships mount and people weary of the infighting.