Federal government shutdown not unprecedented
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 22:10
Believe it or not, we have endured one of these before.
It was in the days of yore — a simpler time when all we cared about was coloring and playing outside catching lightening bugs.
I can confidently say that the last time a government shutdown happened, some of the freshman class wasn’t even born.
The year was 1995, and Clinton was president, and what caused that government shutdown boils down to the basic theme that we see with this one: partisan politics.
It’s the same two sides battling it out over legislation.
Along with the bill to raise the debt ceiling, each side wants to sneak in or force out the “Obamacare” clause that pushes back the date Obamacare is supposed to take effect.
It seemed to me, watching all of these news clips, politician after politician, that they didn’t really want to work to agree to this in time.
No eleventh hour rushing that they normally do with bills like this — it seemed to me that they just didn’t try as hard this time.
Now, our debt is a tremendous issue that really can’t be ignored any longer, and I realize that there is no easy solution that will satisfy everybody, but they could’ve at least just pushed the bill and given themselves enough time to discuss what could be done.
Instead, people are out of work because our congressmen aren’t doing what they should be doing.
The partial government shutdown means that our national parks are closed, and people who work at government offices across the country are having their jobs suspended without pay until further notice.
We worry about the consequences — what is this doing to our unstable economy?
We are just now getting back on our feet. The nation economically is still a bit shaky from the big 2008 recession, and now a chunk of the workforce is not working or getting paid because our congressmen didn’t at the very least push back the date.
I am going to call all who are reading to do this once more: Call your congressional leaders and demand that they fix this mess!
They are doing more harm than good by letting this bill go for so long, and this risks the financial well-being of millions of Americans.
The country was able to get back on its feet from the shutdown of 1995. Now, let’s fix the shutdown of 2013 and make sure this doesn’t happen again.