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Close up the shutdown

Cadence Neenan

To preface this article, I have to admit a fun-fact about me that could slant my bias on this subject: I’m a pretty hardcore liberal. A blue-state, feminist-ranting, been-compared-to-Hillary-Clinton-and-loved-it liberal.

Continuing on.

Last night, after a terrifyingly unsuccessful staring contest between the House and the Senate, where neither blinked, the government entered its first shutdown in nearly 18 years.

All I have to say about it?

Grow up, Congress.

And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. It seems like most of America is fairly displeased with this recent course of events. Displeased, of course, is just me being kind – a recent Politico poll has shown Congress at a 10% approval rating. This is a drop even from when Public Policy Polling recently found Congress to be exceedingly unpopular, more so than even Nickelback. Is that even possible?

And it isn’t like social media hasn’t been all over it. Or maybe it’s just me, because I’m a hyperactively political Junior State of America member, but my newsfeed on Facebook and Twitter alike has been positively plastered with either questions or jokes about the shutdown.

(Yes folks, school will remain open. And no, murder surprisingly isn’t legal during a government shutdown.)

Of course, there are fingers to point and scapegoats to scape. A crowd favorite is Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, increasingly infamous after a strangely comedy-studded 21-hour filibuster. (I was disappointed after hearing about his filibuster to be honest with you: when I saw him speak this summer, he never read us Dr. Seuss, much less imitated Darth Vader. Had he, I probably would have stayed awake!) Another name that tends to pop up is former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, a Republican party leader who urged his party to not “cave” on the shutdown.

I’m just saying, do you notice a trend? (I told you I was a liberal, you can’t get mad now.)

However, I don’t think the moral of this shutdown story is that conservatives are crazed, government-shutdown-causing, unintelligent leaders. (Maybe it is, you decide.)

For the real moral, look to the people the shutdown is effecting.

Roughly 800,000 government employees nationwide have lost their jobs. They will go without pay until the shutdown is ended. These people have families, pets, homes, lives, all of which rely on this pay. While members of Congress will continue receiving their paychecks at the end of the week, the average government employee will be left stranded, told to stay home from work.

Am I the only one who sees a problem here?

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Cadence Neenan, Web Managing Editor
By the age of 18, most kids have not yet chosen their favorite word. In fact, most teenagers have never even thought about such a question. Perhaps a few have been asked on a “Getting to Know You” sheet handed out by English teachers on the first day of school. But in that case, most probably just mindlessly scribbled words onto their sheets such as “literally,” or “totally,” or “dude.” Cadence Neenan ’15, on the other hand, has thought about this deeply. Her favorite word is “loquacious.” Neenan grew up in a home that fostered a love for all things English. With her mom as a former Staples High School English teacher and her dad as a librarian, Neenan was destined for a love affair with vocabulary, grammar, and reading. “My mom always used to read to me ever since I was little,” she said. “I love to read because I was raised to be a good reader.” In school, Neenan has opted to create a heavy course load that reflects her love of English and reading. AP Lit, AP Lang, AP Euro, and AP Gov are just a few of the difficult classes Neenan has chosen to take on. For Neenan, however, much of the learning and “fun with English” goes on outside the class material. “The other night, I was reading a poem during English class,” Neenan said. “I really liked it, so I brought it home and showed my mom. We spent the whole 45 minutes at dinner rhetorically analyzing it and talking about the devices the author used. It was so fun.” Alongside typical English classes, Neenan has also become a part of Inklings to exercise her love of writing. After taking Intro to Journalism, she fell in love with newspaper writing and, since then, has proven herself to be an essential Inklings player, as she is now the Web Managing Editor. “When I found out that I got Web Managing I had a panic attack because I was so happy,” Neenan said. “I like being a managing editor because I love the freedom the web gives me to be creative with my ideas.” Neenan also plans to use her journalism and writing skills in college and, later, in her career. “In college I want to study political science, but I am considering using that to go into journalism,” Neenan said. “Going into journalism with a focus on politics is what I am really interested in.”

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