Northlanders Call Shutdown 'Embarrassing' and 'Ludicrous'
Posted at: 10/06/2013 6:00 PM
| Updated at: 10/06/2013 10:39 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
Unlike in Washington, an agreement on the shutdown is shared in the Northland.
"I'm ashamed of the people we've elected to Congress," Gary Sherman, of Duluth, said.
"I just think it's absolutely ludicrous," Verna Cyrette, of Duluth, said.
"It's disappointing to watch and I think it's embarrassing for our country," Jim Nynas, of Esko, said.
It's frustration that's been mounting for six days now. Neither Republicans nor Democrats are backing down on Capitol Hill while 800,000 federal workers are furloughed.
"I know someone who works a good government job and still has to go to work without getting a paycheck," Melissa Hand, of Duluth said.
At UMD, even political experts can't believe what's taking place.
"I personally find the whole thing mystifying to tell you the truth," Assistant Professor of Political Science Cindy Rugeley said.
Rugeley said Republicans using the Affordable Care Act as a bargaining tool is dangerous.
"The thing with Obamacare is it passed both houses," Rugeley said. "It was signed into law by the President. It was approved by the Supreme Court. You can't use this kind of tactic to overturn it because if you do, then that will become the dominant tactic in the future. I don't think that makes for a very sustainable democracy."
So, will this shutdown affect future elections? Rugeley said time may be ticking for Northland congressmen.
"It can't go much further without there being some blowback on both of them," Rugeley said. "You would think there would be some accountability. It's an issue of whether or not these districts are as polarized as Congress."
Shutdown or not, some people said it doesn't matter in the end.
"People are disappointed, but yet we send the same people back," Nynas said.
Another big deadline is approaching on October 17. That's when the government will default on its debt unless some agreement is made.
Rugeley said she thinks lawmakers will compromise before that deadline, but if we do default, she said there will be a global impact.