CNN PRODUCER NOTE Steve P. says he is an American who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. 'The shutdown will not affect me directly, although some of the non-essential services may be an issue for me in the very near future. The real impact for all Americans is the fact that, once again, our reputation is being tarnished through NO fault of our own. I say that because I am an American who just happens to be in Canada presently. It's embarrassing to hear Canadians speak about the arrogance and lack of responsibility the 'Americans' have, when I am not part of that stereotype. It saddens me really, especially when I think about my grandfather who was full-blood Cherokee Indian.' Steve's message to Congress: 'I would ask them why they seem to be so concerned with 'keeping their integrity' with the world over the Syrian crisis, pertaining to the limited military strike that was being proposed, yet they can't even do their job(s) when tasked with what their primary obligations are in America. Do they think that the rest of the world is 'proud' of what they've [not] done?' He says he honestly doesn't know what can be done. 'It seems as though it's always one crisis after another in Washington. Perhaps it's time for a national lottery to generate the extra funds that is always lacking. Even the most destitute of Americans will buy a lottery ticket. Why not let the government benefit from their 'get rich/retirement' dreams as well.'
- nsaidi, CNN iReport producer