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WAVE 3 News Editorial - September 26, 2013: Shutting Down the Government

By Ken Selvaggi - email
WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - On Tuesday, thousands of federal employees nationwide will be furloughed if the government shuts down. Unless a resolution to the dispute over the spending bill isn't found that is what will happen. The dispute had one lawmaker reading a Dr. Seuss book to an empty Senate gallery rather than to a loved one at home. 

To say our elected leaders create chaos would be an understatement.

Well intentioned leaders want to defund the new health care law that takes effect Tuesday. Holding people's jobs hostage to try and do it doesn't seem to make sense.

And in actuality if a spending bill isn't passed, the new health care law takes effect, and the government shuts down, so there isn't an upside for anyone. 

It's been 18 years since we've had to deal with a government shutdown.  In that time, Kentucky has benefited greatly from federal government spending to the point that it now accounts for 35% of Kentucky's state revenue, the second highest share in the nation. A shutdown particularly doesn't help anyone here and the last thing our fragile economy needs right now is a government shutdown that would further erode the confidence in a sustained recovery.

On a broader scale, it is past time for our elected leaders to focus more on us and less on them.

Their re-election will always pale in comparison to the well being of our country.   

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