Voters React to Possible Government Shutdown

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

If congress does not come to an agreement by Midnight Friday, the U.S. government will shut down, tax refunds would stall, passport applications would cease and national parks would close.

But the question is, does anyone care?

"People I know care and are upset by it," Eileen Sauer of Williamston said. "I don't know if everyone else is."

We found reactions to be mixed Friday. For Sauer, a mother from Williamston, she thinks lawmakers should start listening to President Obama.

"The president has a good idea and no one seems to support him," Sauer said. "I think he's trying to do what he was elected to do."

Grand Rapids resident Barry Getzen is a retired State Police Major. He said he's just tired of the bickering.

"They can't get their act together, but we keep sending people there that cant work with each other," Getzen said.

Getzen said lawmakers should be able make compromises, but his feeling is each side is sticking with its own agenda.

"They talk about all the emotional issues that get people up in arms," he said, "when really, they need to look at it as a whole package."

It seems voters are doing more than talking, they're doing something about it too. People inside Rep. Mike Rogers office tell us the phones have been ringing off the hook Friday, we suspect its the same for lawmakers across the state.

Two MSU students News Ten caught up with said they don't identify with any one political party just yet.

"From a younger standpoint, it's not explained to us what's going on," Jillian Slingerland said. "It's frustrating to hear."

"I'm ;earning a lot about what they're thinking about cutting," Colleen Hurley said. "I hope the government doesn't shut down because of it."

But if that happens come Midnight Friday, they say it just might turn them off from politics in the future. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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