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Students voice their opinions post-Government shutdown
The 16-day government shutdown came to an end shortly after midnight on Oct. 17, after an agreement was reached and passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives. Although an agreement was reached, UAB Kaleidoscope asked students if and how the shutdown has affected their trust in the government.
UAB USGA Vice President Ali Massoud was concerned that he wouldn’t be able to apply for state-sponsored scholarships during the shutdown. Many grants and university funding became inaccessible for over two weeks.
“That was my main issue,” said Massoud. “But I wouldn’t really say that it affected my trust in the government. It mainly just infuriated me that Congress could let things get to that level. I mean, the basic concepts of bipartisanship and collaboration is imperative to a two-party system!”
Massoud is in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen and will be visiting Atlanta this week for his interview and naturalization ceremony. He feared that his trip would be delayed but is able to attend since the shutdown halted.
On the other hand, UAB student Daniel Unger voiced his embarrassment of being American lately. Unger blames the government’s partisan bickering for interrupting its operations.
“I am ashamed to be a citizen of a country run by people who are so self-centered, so narrow-mindedly focused on their own agendas that they cannot swallow their pride over having to potentially compromise just a little bit. I don’t understand how anyone can claim to be proudly American, especially in the last decade or so,” said Unger.
Unfortunately, the American Government may undergo a second shutdown in 2014. The bill passed in Congress is a temporary fix that will last until the end of the year.
“I don’t think the spending issue will be resolved completely, I think they’re probably going to come up with some solution that no one likes just to avoid another government shutdown… Everyone is going to have to compromise if we want to avoid another fiasco like this one,” said Massoud.
Robert Robinson, Assistant Professor in the UAB Department of Government, comments that current polls suggest that Americans have low trust in the government.
Senior Chris Hughes states his dissatisfaction for the Republican party. “The Republicans should all be fired for losing the U.S. an estimated $24 billion during the shutdown and a new re-election held,” said Hughes.
Hughes’ comment mirrors popular opinion throughout America. “The current data suggests Republicans have taken the brunt of the blame, but there is a great deal of discontent to spread around. However, this is not a new thing,” said Robinson.
Other students consider the problem to be more severe than dissension between political parties. “It’s not a Republican or Democrat thing,” said Senior Chris McDuff, in response to Hughes. “None of them care about the American people. They all got paid while the government was shut down.”
The Kaleidoscope asked Professor Robinson if the government can rebuild students’ trust in the future. He responded, “Honestly, this is a generational project. Trust in government was once (pre-1970s) pretty high…In short, the government needs to pass more policies relevant to people’s daily lives (e.g. deal with 30 years of flat wages) and less time fighting cultural or symbolic battles. Liberals hope that the Affordable Care Act will ultimately help a lot of people and restore some of that trust; we’ll see. The partisan polarization that led to the shutdown isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.”