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Shutdown Over, Who Comes Out on Top?
Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on October 18, 2013 @ 7:00PM
Created on October 17, 2013 @ 6:08PM

The debt ceiling crisis has been averted, for now, and only after bitter debate and a lot of frustration.

But did either party gain anything from this stand-off?  The simple answer is "no." The obvious losers in this game were normal Americans, who could only sit and watch as this played out.

According to national polls, the Republicans and especially Tea Party members are taking most of the heat from the fall-out, mainly because their demands that helped shut down the government were ultimately dropped in order to avoid the debt ceiling.

Some individuals came out on top; Paul Ryan and Harry Reid are credited with helping negotiations, but the resulting deal is only a temporary fix and while  local residents say they feel relieved the shutdown is over, this shouldn't happen again.

Peggy Henshaw of Huntington, WV said, "I'm relieved and I hope it turns out to be a good thing, that it goes well."

"I'm kind of embarrassed that we have this type of politics in our country. Our country should come first and that should be the issue to take care of," said Bob Griffith of Barbour County.

With Republicans backing down and accepting a deal they could have made weeks ago, the question remains: was this entire shutdown for nothing? Many analysts say yes.

The demands that pushed the government into shutdown were not met; Obamacare is still law and there is no agreement on a permanent spending plan.

Members of Congress each pushed for their side because they thought they were doing the right thing for the American people, or at least because they thought it would reflect well on them. However, it's now apparent that the shutdown only hurt public opinion of our government and shook global faith in our economy. 

A Chinese newspaper said today that our politicians did nothing but "postpone once again the final bankruptcy of global confidence in the U.S. financial system."

Our own Represenative McKinley says it's time to change tactics and move on.

"None of us have changed our principle. It was the tactic that was confusing. People were confusing tactic with principle, and so now we can get back to our principles, how we stay with that, how we reinforce that, but we've got to get this shutdown done and I'm glad we did. It was time," said McKinley.

Congress is now in negotiations over a final budget, which should be finished by mid-December.

 


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