As some of us know, the government of the United States has been shut down due to unwavering persistence of both parties of government. Both sides refuse to compromise for a spending bill to be approved, resulting in a halt of the government until a spending bill can be approved.
What does a government shut-down mean for the citizens of America?A government shut down is basically looking at all government workers and deciding whether they are necessary for the US to function or unnecessary. Those who are deemed unnecessary will be put on unpaid suspension while those who are deemed necessary continue to work as normal. This means that government funded-museums, nationals park, and other government funded recreational areas will be closed. Pay checks for thousands of other government workers will be delayed. Because of this government shut-down, the families of thousands of government workers will suffer.
While the thousands of families suffer, the president will still receive his six figure paycheck, both the House of Representatives and the Senate will get paid. That’s right, the House of Representatives and the Senate will still get paid. The ones who are unwilling to compromise, putting us in this situation, punishing the families of lower government workers will get paid in full. I learned as a kid that if you don’t complete your job, you don’t paid, this applies for almost everything in the world from being a cashier to a CEO. Why should the politicians in DC be exempt from this? Isn’t it their job to keep America functioning? Aren’t they supposed to pass bills for America’s future? Yet when they don’t accomplish their job, they still get paid. I believe that if the politicians didn’t get paid for not achieving deadlines, the government would actually get things done.
If it is actually the case that politicians do not have any ideas that will satisfy both parties, they should try asking the educated public, such as people taking political science or high school students taking classes like AP US Government who are knowledgeable in politics. There are also various other ways to foster ideas such as individual brainstorming than coming together as a group to put the best parts of the best ideas together to create a new glorious, near-perfect idea. Bad idea farming could also be a possible other way for politicians to think of new solutions. Bad idea farming is the creation of bad and absurd ideas, then taking the best parts of the bad ideas to create a new, master idea. Above all, politicians should do anything and everything for the people they represent not the paycheck they are given.