Letter: We’re looking bad
Given the duration of the government shutdown and threat of economic default and possible collapse, if this were happening elsewhere, it would be referred to as a political coup. A handful of extremists have grabbed the reins of power in an attempt to depose the extant government and replace it with another fashioned after their own narrow agenda. In this instance, it’s the Right Wing Tea Bag Party. Their actions make the USA look like a Banana Republic and may engender the same sort of economic instability common in third-world countries.