Locals React To Ongoing Shutdown

By: Lanetra Bennett
October 14, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The partial government shutdown is entering its third week. While the two political parties are at an impasse, local residents know where they stand on the issue.

"I think it's despicable." Says, Tallahassee resident Barbara Walter.

Walter says she's disappointed the partial government shutdown has lasted as long as it has. She says, "I feel like we've elected these people to go to Washington and serve our needs. Certainly that has not happened now. The sooner we can get back to normal operation, the better it is. We look like fools in the world."

Washington has been deadlocked trying to get the government back open and raise the nation's borrowing limit.

The shutdown has furloughed 350,000 federal workers and has impeded various government services.

Tallahassee resident Lance Driggers, says, "My main concern is about the military personnel and their getting their just due, getting the money and the payment that's due them. The people who have gone forth and who have died, and have lost life and limb for us. I want them to get what they duly deserve."

President Barack Obama says if lawmakers can't resolve the standoff, the United States could default on its bonds.

Tallahassee resident Gail Slepin says, "I think it's terrible. They have forgotten abut the word 'compromise.' I really blame Harry Reid. He won't give an inch. He's the one advising the president. I think the Tea Party is being unreasonable, too."

Tallahassee resident Florence Driggers says, "I think that they're just acting like children. I don't understand why they can't come to a conclusion about anything."

Thursday is the deadline for raising the debt ceiling, in order to avoid a possible government default.

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