The U.S. Government was like this part of 2nd Street in Owensboro: closed. And some thought the country was taking a one way trip down a hole it couldn't dig itself out of.
"I'm glad it's over with," says J.R. Lamb of Owensboro.
But Congress found a detour around that hole, passing legislation that re-opened the government and avoided default. Yet, some didn't like how dirty the whole ordeal got.
"Our representatives ought to try to work together more closely and not wait until the last minute to do something," says Bill Blandford of Owensboro. "This business of waiting until the last minute is childish."
Kentucky Representatives Brett Guthrie and Ed Whitfield both voted for the bill to re-open the government. In a statement, Guthrie says, "These are challenging times and we avoided a potentially devastating fiscal crisis. We must now fully commit to addressing the long-term spending and budget crises we face, and restore fiscal responsibility to our nation."
Whitfield recommends going to a two year budget cycle. "One year could be devoted to the budget itself, and the second year would be an evaluation and oversight of all government spending to determine that which is effective and that which is a waste or abuse of taxpayer dollars," he said in a statement. But some worry over whether the government could go down this road again.
"Surely, the American people got enough sense to raise concerns with their representatives, so it won't happen again," Blandford says.
"I'm not going to try to worry about it, and hope for the best," Lamb says.
Sen. Mitch McConnell added there's a lot more we need to do to get our nation's fiscal house in order.