Government Shutdown Local Impact
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PALM DESERT - Closed-- It's a word we've been hearing all to often thanks to the government shutdown now in it's 13th day. "It's 13 days too many and I think it's unfortunate it's continuing like this. It's hurting innocent people,” says Palm Desert resident Barbara Stern.
The state park in Palm Desert has a closed sign perched on its entry alerting residents the area is closed due to the government shutdown. Thousands travel to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument every year to hike the gorgeous trails and take part in the mountain surroundings. "How many people want to come to our country and want to visit our state parks? And then when they get here, they can’t,” says Palm Desert Resident Vicki Arrowood.
Not only does the shutdown just flat out annoy some residents but they can't help but think how the local economy is being affected by the lack of tourism. "All the businesses, the restaurants, the companies, they’re all suffering,” says Palm Desert resident Maryann Manion
Some residents say President Obama is right-- that the Republicans should agree to fund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. "The Republicans are on the wrong side with this whole Obamacare thing. They need to just figure it out,” says Stern.
Others say, the Affordable Care Act isn't ideal but it's no excuse for our government to shut down. "Obamacare isn't perfect. It has some flaws of course, but it can be worked out," says Manion.
No matter your opinion on the shutdown or which side of the political spectrum you stand on-- one thing these residents could agree on is if the government isn’t working, the government shouldn't be paid. "We don't get paid if we don't go to work, neither should they,” says Manion. "I don't care what party you're in. Your government should run,” says Arrowood.