Regarding the government shutdown: It's really gonna suck for everyone on the dole. Painful now or more painful later, your choice on budget austerity. You want your kids to starve or do you want to tighten your belt and take the hit for them?
Regarding Glenn Beck:
Respect him for the millions he reached and taught.
Pity him for worshiping Lincoln, and not wholly embracing Austrian economics. Perhaps he'll see the light yet, if he is intellectually honest as the Judge says.
As for me, I will always be pissed at him for humiliating Debra Medina when he had a chance to elevate a constitutional conservative, just when she had been surging against Kay Baily and Rick Perry. Made me feel he was in bed with big government when he espoused constitutional conservatism. My enthusiasm for him never recovered, but I still think a great deal of him (if that makes any sense). Now I listen to him as a skeptic instead of as a believer.