The New York Times reports, due to the government shutdown the families of the four soldiers recently killed in Afghanistan this past weekend will not receive death benefits. Death benefits usually include $100,000 paid to each family, a 12-month housing allowance and compensated burial services. The article articulated the outburst of anger this caused among members of the senate, members of the house and everyday American citizens. The House Appropriations Committee is now moving to get a bill to the floor to reinstate these death benefits, despite the government being shutdown.
This article demonstrates the idea of silos. Members of Congress are in a silo; they are thinking only in their best interest. They have taken a more detailed view of the problem and are failing to see the bigger picture. If they were to pick their heads up and view things from 30,000 feet [bigger picture], they would recognize the negative impacts the shutdown is having, like denied death benefits, and quickly resolve it.
Shutdown Denies Death and Burial Benefits to Families of 4 Dead Soldiers – Jennifer Steinhauer – The New York Times – October 8, 2013 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/us/politics/shutdown-holds-up-death-benefits-for-military-families.html?_r=0