This is a pretty fascinating gif, in that it demonstrates precisely how congress works. Although it gives the impression of forward movement, a closer examination shows that each dot is simply moving back and forth along a stationary line.
By simply doing the exactly same thing, day after day, congress gives the illusion of progress, while simply doing nothing productive.
Although substantial portions of the government have been shut down, disrupting the lives of millions, it is comforting to know that the congressional gym and barber shop have been deemed essential, and remain open for business.
Next November is going to prove to be very interesting.