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Government still in timeout

Staff Editorial

On October 16, 2013

 

Enough is enough. Put an end to the squabbling.

As the government shutdown enters its second week many questions from the American people remain unanswered.

The government is in place to look out for the people and their best interests in exchange for the cooperation of the people, expressed through paying taxes and abiding by the laws. Citizens are elected to represent the American people and speak on their behalf.

However, the current state of affairs is an effective abandonment of the American people as Congress argues instead of acts.

Another crisis also looms with the upcoming debt ceiling deadline. If the government defaults on its loans, it would be a disaster not only for the United States but also for the world's economy.

The willingness of an ever polarized Congress to hold the international economy hostage over ideology is downright dangerous.

The current government shutdown is also highly costly to Americans. Though the government may be shut down it is still collecting revenues from the American people are not.

The government shutdown is costing approximately $1.6 billion per week, according to nbcnews.com. Costing such copious amounts of money for government officials to blatantly not do their jobs is illogical and unsustainable.

During the shutdown all employees of the government who are not deemed "absolutely essential" are told to stay home from their jobs.

Tourist attractions, such as national parks and monuments, have been shut down and remain closed until the government does its job.

However, by turning away tourists not only is the government losing a potential source of income but also denying Americans the opportunity to learn about the history of our country in a way that is both educational and enjoyable.

The closure of the government is in nobody's best interest. While Americans are still required to pay taxes and abide by the laws, the people who supposedly look out for the citizens' best interests are busy acting like five-year-olds fighting over a shiny new toy.

When the teacher notices the fighting both children are sent to time-out and neither of them gets to play with the toy. The government has essentially been put in time-out because the people in charge have not learned to compromise.

Meanwhile, the toy is left unattended and in this case wondering how putting the children in time-out is going to solve the problem in the long haul.

Until the various members of Congress can learn to compromise, it is the American people who will suffer. By refusing to bend in the face of economic and social difficulties, Congress is setting a poor example for their constituents.

Perhaps these circumstances will open the eyes of the crisis-weary American people and cause them to carefully evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate before the opening of the polls.


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