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October 8, 2013

My point is... Furlough the Congress

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — While Capitol Hill remains the setting of a deadlocked Congress, many American citizens ponder the fate of their country.

With the Affordable Care Act kicking in this past week and the Republicans still holding out for a one-year delay, the stalemate in Washington D.C. could go on for weeks and months.

With political agendas of controlling the seal for the nation’s borrowing cap and the never-ending saga of “Obamacare,” our nation is exhibiting a true example of how big government operates.

Since October 1, millions of federal government employees are on furloughs. National parks are shutting down because no one is there to watch the home front. For those parks whose highest level of tourism is during October, the shutdown is another setback to their constant struggle for financial survival. Campers in these national parks and recreation areas were required to move out by Friday, with promises of refunds on any days paid up past October 4.

One comedian described the situation accurately when he addressed the government shutdown on Tuesday night. David Letterman, known for his political insults, told his audience and viewers, “Our national government has shut down. Take down your American flags because we are not America anymore.”

This analogy, however extreme, could be the picture we see over the coming weeks unless our elected government leaders can step aside from their party affiliation and do what they were elected to do — represent the people who put them in office. With President Obama’s approval rating plummeting over the past several months and the overall nausea stemming from our Congress, it is time for Americans to step up and speak up for our own interests. It is obvious that our elected officials in Capitol are not concerned with the effects on the American public, although their arguments are perceived and presented in that manner.

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