Fourteen University of La Verne students shared their opinion on the government shut down earlier this week.
The overall opinion of students was that Congress has gone too far in shutting down the government.
Congress has ceased funding many federal operations and placed more than 800,000 workers on furlough due to the fact that they have been unable to agree on a budget deficit for the new fiscal year.
“When I first heard about it I was like, ‘Is this for real?’” senior business marketing major Brittany Magsino said.
“You’re Congress, you get paid to make these decisions. If you have a deadline and you can’t figure it out, you’re not only affecting our economy by having less money put into circulation, but outside economies as well. They need to figure this out,” she said.
Congress has key duties listed in the Constitution, such as passing spending bills that fund the government.
If it does not, most functions of the government – from funding agencies to paying out small business loans and processing passport requests – grinds to a halt.
According to CNN, House Republicans insist that any new spending bill include provisions to either defund, derail or otherwise chip away at the Affordable Care Act.
Senate Democrats are just as insistent that it does not. Congress is at a stalemate.
The thought of our entire government being put at a stand-still was almost unfathomable to some students. To a few others, it was completely logical.
“I had a feeling it was going to be shut down, the Republican Party hasn’t been working well with Obama since the beginning,” Anthony Reyes, president of the College Democrat Club, said.
“I wasn’t surprised. My thoughts instead were, ‘How long is this going to last?’” he said.
Students complained that despite government workers being put on furlough, the president, Congress and people in services like Social Security, air traffic control and active military pay, will continue to be paid throughout this shutdown.
“Politicians need to realize that their ideologies and morals should be used as guiding principles and reinterpreted per the situation,” sophomore music major Dylan Peruti said.
“There is a bigger picture, and if they are too ignorant to see it, then they shouldn’t be in politics,” he said.
“It’s a lose-lose situation whether they fix it or not, right now they’re just playing chicken with over 800,000 jobs,” Chris Gonzalez, sophomore business major, said.
“Both parties are gambling on who’s getting affected when the election comes and, even if they do come to a solution, they’re just going to push the debt ceiling higher, which will affect future generations. It’s our reckless fiscal policies that are hurting us and are continuing to do so,” he said.
Still, some students were not aware of the shutdown.
“I haven’t really heard about it that much, I’ve been too busy with school to take the time to really dig into it,” David Jones, sophomore accounting major, said.
“People need to seriously be aware of what is happening in our government today,” Reyes said.
“It’s something that affects us, and it’s sad that it takes something like this to happen for people to start paying attention,” he said.
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