Like many Washingtonians, columnist Petula Dvorak of the Washington Post is upset with the partial shutdown of the federal government.
"Washington is a place where hundreds of children couldn't play soccer this past weekend; where cafeteria workers, janitors and secretaries aren't getting paid for who knows how long; where buses and subway trains run empty; where shoe shine guys sit idle; and where Girl Scout troops had to cancel annual camping trips," Dvorak wrote.
She blamed the people who elected the 535 members of Congress for this.
"America, you sent these guys here," Dvorak wrote.
"They represent plenty of you, none of us. That imported brand of cuckoo is what's causing this government shutdown."
Of course she is upset. Outsiders are trying to shut down her town's largest employer.
Just like the federal government is trying to shut down coal in Boone County, W.Va.
After their own brush with losing their jobs temporarily, because of outsiders, maybe a few bureaucrats will understand better the plight of coal miners, their families, their car dealers and others who rely on the much maligned coal industry for a living.
On Sunday, "60 Minutes" showed how the Social Security Disability Insurance system is awarding disability checks to people who are not disabled.
The news show rightly came down on David B. "D.B." Daugherty, whom administrators allowed to retire as a disability judge in the wake of a Wall Street Journal investigation in 2011 that exposed him as a rubber stamp.
In 2010, Daugherty decided 1,284 cases and awarded benefits in all but four.
In the first six months of 2011, he granted benefits in all of his 729 decisions.
But no one should think his 31 former colleagues in West Virginia are just as easy in awarding disabilities worth an average of $300,000 each.
In fact, in the past year, the 31 judges approved 4,777 appeals and disapproved 4,497 - for a denial rate of 48 percent.
That tops a national average of 44 percent in disapprovals.
Disability claims skyrocketed in the Obama presidency, but actuaries say the fund that supports these payments will be broke in five years.