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Midwesterners React To The Partial Government Shutdown

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  Original Published: 10/9/2013 Across the country, many people appear to be fed up with the impasse in Washington. Who's to blame for the partial government shutdown depends on who you ask. CNN's Ted Rowlands spoke to people in several cities in the Midwest. From commuters outside Chicago to people unable to go inside the St. Louis Arch, people across the Midwest are furious with lawmakers and more than happy to talk about it. "Grow up. You're there for a bigger purpose," says one man. "Well, if they'd stop playing games like a bunch of silly kids and get this thing straightened out before November or whenever they're up for reelection, don't worry; we're not voting for you," says another man. At 30/30 Coffee in Peoria, Illinois, people we talked to had a clear message to send to Washington. "What message would you like to send to lawmakers?" asked CNN's Ted Rowlands. "To get their act together and get the congress back open. It's ridiculous," said one woman. "Why?" asked Rowlands. "It's just nonsense. I mean, they're grown adults. If they can't get along and come to a solution. Maybe we don't need them in there after all," she replied. In every city we went to, we did find some people who didn't care. "It doesn't bother you?" asked Rowlands. "No," replied one man. "It doesn't bother you?" Rowlands asked. "No, not really," the man replied. We found Democrats who blame Republicans. "They can't get over the fact that President Obama beat them twice. That's all there is to it. They're sore losers," said one man. And, Republicans who blame Democrats and the president and support the shutdown. "I'm very much in favor of what they are doing, frankly, and as you can see, the world is not coming to an end," said one man. While there's universal disgust for both parties, many Republicans we talked to are concerned that their party will end up taking a hit. "I think the Republicans will get a lot of blame for it. I think it's unfortunate. They don't deserve it. I think there's plenty of blame to go around, but I think they'll get most of the blame," said one man. "What would you say to the president and Harry Reid?" asked Rowlands. "I would say let's get off this 'it's my way or the highway' stuff, let's compromise and find things we can make work, and let's adjust," he replied. Karen Bollinger is with the company that runs the trolley inside the arch. She says 48 of her employees aren't getting paid, and, unlike federl employees who will get compensated down the road, they'll never get paid. "What message would you like to tell lawmakers?" asked Rowlands. "Please, come to your resolution soon. Every day matters. We wake up every morning hoping this is the day it will come to an end, and we're ready to get back to work," Bollinger said. "No matter where we've been, St. Louis, Chicago, or now here in Kansas City, we're hearing basically the same thing," Rowlands says. "People are disgusted with the federal government, and it's safe to say that the longer this federal government shutdown goes on, the more disgusted people outside Washington will get.
   
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