The federal government shutdown debacle finally ended, but its effects live on. In this case, continuing to effect America's Asia-Pacific pivot, our big geopolitical shift from fateful over-engagement with the Islamic world of the Middle East and Central Asia to heightened engagement with the rising Asia-Pacific.
Success in any worthy endeavor is bumpy along the way. Go ahead. Randomly select a scientific or social wonder that we take for granted today, and chart its course to success. At some point -- probably at several points -- its developers said, in moments of weakness, "I give up," or "It's just not going to happen." Yet they soldiered on, and we are the richer for it.
There are plenty of places around the globe where the private sector isn't burdened by regulation. Like Bangladesh, where under-regulated factory operations yield cheap clothing at the price of human life. Or China, where you can't ever be quite sure what you're eating and whether it will poison you.