How does the rest of the world view the government shutdown?

 

And right now, they look at the stalemate in Washington the same way they look at the periodic gun massacres that afflict the United States: with a bafflement that America, mighty America, for so long the most innovative, creative, energetic society on the planet, cannot solve problems that smaller, poorer, feebler countries cracked long ago.

 

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America’s sense of its own exceptionalism is tied to its famed lack of international travel amongst its citizens.  Visiting the rest of the world, one comes to recognize not only the things we as a nation do better than others, but also the myriad things we do so much worse.