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September 25, 2013

The kids are not alright

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Did you know that 67 people were killed and around 175 more injured when a shopping mall in Kenya was overrun by terrorists over the weekend? 

I watched some cellphone video of the attack on the Internet and it is amazing how calm everyone is in the videos. You can clearly hear the gunshots going off around everyone and you can even see the camera shake once in a while from the vibrations of the gun or the reaction of the person holding the phone to the sounds being made. But it is mostly of people standing around, looking out storefront windows and trying to see what is going on.

While 62 people in Kenya lost their lives because they decided to go shopping at a mall on a Saturday morning, Americans were infatuated with the pending government shutdown that is staring us in the face again. While terrorists were trying to use people as pawns in a deadly standoff in Kenya, our own government is using us as pawns in a stupid game of politics.

Do we really need this again? Are we really going to sit by as the well-paid politicians in Washington play games with people’s lives just to make their point? Did you know that every Senator and Representative in Washington gets paid during a shutdown, but federal employees do not? How about the fact that the military is expected to still be in operation, but our soldiers’ pay will be suspended until the government funds itself again.

If you ever wanted more evidence that this is clearly not a government for the people and by the people, then just look at the pending shutdown. We, as a people, stand to gain nothing from this. Some of you good people will be on unpaid leave from your federal jobs if this happens, but we aren’t supposed to notice that.

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