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Local Politics

October 15, 2013

Shutdown continues, affects more people

ANDERSON, Ind. — As the government shutdown drags on, more and more people are becoming aware of the problem and are feeling the impact.

Michael Frank, a political science professor at Anderson University, said historically shutdowns are an extremely rare event, especially federal ones. The only one he compared this shutdown to was the shutdown back in 1995-96 when the government closed the doors for 21 days.

"This shutdown is really a function of how our budgeting process at the federal level needs some reform," Frank said.

Frank also blamed a growing divide in the parties' ideological stances for this current shutdown.

"The difference ... has grown substantially in the last 20 years," Frank said. "People who want to reach across the aisle are viewed as not liberal or conservative enough depending on the party."

Mike Meadows, an Anderson resident, said partisan divides are responsible for no one wanting to negotiate.

"It's crazy," Meadows said. "It just seems like everyone is saying 'it's my way or I'm taking my ball and going home.'"

Michael Pierce, a student at Anderson University, agreed with Meadows and said the government seems to have lost sight of what it was originally supposed to do.

"This shutdown is from a lack of cooperation," Pierce said. "It's supposed to be government by the people for the people and it's just not right now."

Pierce said he knows people personally affected by the government shutdown. His cousin and uncle are active members in the National Guard. He said they told him they've been laid off duty and are currently without benefits, which has forced them to try and find jobs in the meantime.

Frank said he has an adult student in one of his classes who was an Afghanistan War veteran. If the government stretches into November, this student will not receive his disability check and will be unable to continue attending Anderson University.

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