DSU professor explains government shutdown implications
47 ABC – We’re officially in day 19 of the government shutdown. It’s A shutdown that as of right now does not seem like it will be coming to an end anytime soon.
“We’re looking at the all-time length of a government shutdown,” explains Delaware State University distinguished professor Dr. Samuel Hoff.
19 days is how long this partial government shutdown has been going on, which means we’re just two days away from tying the longest shutdown in American history.
And with that comes 800,000 federal employees not receiving paychecks but it’s not just employees, it’s people that depend on federal services.
“If you furlough 95% of the employees for example of the SNAP program who handle the food stamps programs, you make it harder on the millions of Americans that rely on stamps so they aren’t hungry,” explains U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.
The shutdown is also affecting those who do business with the government and according to Dr. Hoff, who also serves as the DSU Law Studies Director, that means they too are out of work.
“The analogy I make is like a concession stand at a baseball stadium. If there’s a strike it’s not only the players and of course the fans that are going to miss the games, it’s all those folks the hot dog vendors, the beer vendors and everybody else and so to speak it’s all the contractors.”
Dr. Hoff says the longer this shutdown continues, the more damage it will cause, whether Americans realize it or not.
“To issues of homeland security which is obviously an issue of protection for Americans to issues of defense, we think of those as abstract but to the point where they might be lessened by this shutdown, that’s real for all of us.”
That’s why legislators like Virginia U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine are adamant to end it.
“The solution is very very plain for us first we have to re-open the government. We have to re-open government and we need to do it soon,” adds Kaine.
Hoff also adds that this shutdown goes beyond the damaging of policies. It’s also creating a negative view of the government, which he believes is much harder to change moving forward.
“Policies get implemented in most cases with a majority vote, but changing attitudes about government as we saw from Watergate, it takes generations.”
He adds that some of the negative ramifications that could come from this shutdown are people deciding not to vote because of distrust in their local leaders or not wanting to volunteer for different events.