Government Shutdown


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Congress has been speaking in the past few weeks of something that hasn’t been done in a very long time in the United States. The Federal Government has been shut down by Congress for the first time since December 15, 1995, and this leaves many citizens a bit worried of what the future outcome may be from this decision that was made on October 1st at 12:01 am.

For many who are probably asking the question, “Why would Congress do this?” well it’s pretty simple- we have the republicans who don’t want Obama Care and the democrats who do. Since no one can agree and money needs to be put in, the federal government has to be shut down until one side gives in.

For the care free students who are probably asking “How does this relate to me?” it depends on where you stand or what job your family may have. Government checks for a relative who was in the army or died in action will be suspended for a while, loans for a house can’t be given, and passports can’t be renewed till further notice.

The biggest question that we should be concerned with is how long this shutdown will last. The effects may not be that big if the shutdown is for a couple of days or maybe one to two weeks, but if it goes over that time period then America may indeed be in trouble. How long are doctors or police officers willing to work for free? Yes, they do it for our country but at the same time they are just like anybody else and most likely have a family to feed and a house to pay for. We will just have to wait and see how long this shut down will last until this game of mercy between the democrats and the republicans finish.