Shutdown enters third week but few seem outraged by impact on U.S.
Shutdown: ET writers weigh in
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 23:10
Am I the only one who is infuriated that the government is still shut down? That Congress still has yet to agree on a bill, end the partisanship and actually care about the government workers they are supposed to represent?
I am also noticing one more thing: the people. People all over the country just don’t seem to care. People don’t vote because it “won’t change anything,” and people won’t call, write, Facebook, or just get in contact with their congressmen because, “they won’t listen anyway.”
Even if that’s the case, why give up the chance to at least try?
It’s disheartening to me because Congress can shut down a big chunk of the nation’s government, and people are not outraged?
The most that I see from people is a joke here, a meme there — people complain about it, people discuss it a little, but that seems to be the extent of it.
No protests, no heated anger, no utter disbelief that our elected officials have let the federal government lapse like this for over three weeks.
And the reaction to this is a complaint and a Facebook meme once in a while? How far does our government have to go to get us to finally start worrying?
For example: does anyone even remember the sequester from early this year that cut a lot of funding from our military, especially those who joined for the education benefits? Probably not.
In fact, I can argue that quite a few people have forgotten that they can vote in elections to kick some of these clowns out and to elect people who might get the job done.
And who knows — maybe the freaking government will still be shut down still by then, and the election frenzy on television will make people forget that it isn’t working.
Because of the partial government shutdown, thousands — and I mean thousands — of cattle have died from the sudden and massive snowstorm that hit South Dakota.
The ranchers and farmers get no assistance from the government, because apparently, agricultural disaster relief has been suspended. That’s disgusting on so many levels.
Then I read the comments on the story and everybody is going off on all of these tangents.
Some do have good points, others not so much, but no one that I saw was infuriated that it has been three weeks, and the government is still shut down.
This apathy is honestly frightening and frankly dangerous.
We are cracking jokes and turning a blind eye to the fact that our government is not doing its job. It’s not working for its people.
Instead, here we are — absolutely nowhere. I do understand that the issues at hand, particularly our astronomical debt, are very difficult to figure out, but they could have at least deferred the shutdown for another month, and avoided putting the people who are voting for them out of a job in our fragile economy.
Our elected officials can put hundreds of thousands of people out of work, and they can still keep their job.
Whether if it’s just a Facebook post on a politician’s wall, or a hand-written letter to their office, it doesn’t matter.
Remind these people that their decisions are affecting real people’s lives.