It is now day six of the government shutdown. Nearly 800,000 are currently unable to work and around 1.3 million are working without pay. President Obama has cancelled his trip to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperate Summit to continue his attempt to reopen the government. Americans are increasingly frustrated with Congress and political leaders on both sides.
“I feel like they’ve taken it to the extreme to oppose one program. They’ve forsaken the rights and the opinions of the American people,” Frank Thomas said.
“If it’s not what they want and in the timely manner that they want it, they’re not going to be proactive about the situation. At the end of they day ,the government is supposed to benefit the country as a whole instead of just one group,” Hallie Tucker said.
Some students are in favor of Obama’s healthcare reform and others are not. They share common ground in the belief that the government needs to do its job, which includes compromising and coming to an agreement.
“There’s so much division. There’s party division and then there’s internal party division, so nothing is getting done,” Ryan King said.
The Federal government reaches its debt ceiling on Oct. 17. If Congress does not raise the debt ceiling, the government cannot pay its bills, resulting in deep spending cuts that could lead to a recession or default on debts. If the two parties are unable to come to an agreement soon, the country faces great calamity.