The National Parks and Monuments were shut down, government workers were temporarily laid off, anything and everything having relating to government came to a halt. Why did this happen? Well, do you remember when you were five years old and you and your friend got into an argument over who’s crayons belong to who and then you just stopped talking because nobody was getting his/her way? This is essentially the case with the government shutdown. Our government could not come to an agreement over the budget, the Senate wanted it one way and the House wanted it another way. So, they shutdown until they could work something out.
The consequences were wide-spread and felt by a majority of people. In one case, a couple who was supposed to be married at Yosemite could not have their wedding because the park was shutdown due to the government situation. In another more drastic case, the bodies of American soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan could not be shipped home and the funeral preparations could not be started because the government provides the money for all of it to take place. At a local level, students found a new excuse for not doing their homework: the government shutdown my site.
Americans who had nothing to do with the government, no involvement, no say, were affected by the tantrum the government threw. How is it fair that the lives of everyday Americans and of soldiers fighting for our country be changed because the government could not communicate? Simply put, it is not fair.
Communication is the key to life and getting along, maybe it’s time the government learned that too.
Six of six managing staff members agree with this editorial.
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