In the dark and dangerous London of the mid-19th century, the British prime minister, Sir Robert Peel, had a plan to create a safer city. He brokered the creation of a professional police force whose members bore his name for decades to come. They were known, rather endearingly, as "Bobbies."
The mortgage market instability that began to surface in 2007 became a full-scale crisis the following year. The fallout from it played a role in triggering the Great Recession and left millions of people behind on their mortgage payments.
Technically it's not a partial federal government shutdown. The more precise term is "lapse in appropriations." More and more, however, people around the country are coming to recognize a shutdown when they see one.
Church-going people are often categorized in particular ways by others. More than 200 hundreds years ago, for example, the celebrated historian Edward Gibbon claimed that Christians' lack of civic zeal helped bring down the Roman Empire.
The Great Recession has had a profound effect on American life. With so many millions of homes lost to foreclosure, and so many millions of jobs lost, the effects have been incredibly far-reaching -- and are far from over yet.